Latest Oracle Damage Claim Still Ridiculous, Google Says
As mediation talks between Oracle and Google move into their second day, the chances of an accord being reached are looking increasingly unlikely.
According to reports, the companies’ CEOs, Larrys Ellison and Page, are still at an impasse over how to settle Oracle’s patent-infringement lawsuit against Google over the use of Java in its Android operating system.
The latest sticking point: A recommendation from Oracle’s damages expert arguing the company is owed more than $2 billion for copyright infringement and $201.8 million more for patent infringement.
That’s significantly less than the $6.1 billion Oracle claimed Google owes it in court papers, but it’s still far too heady a figure for the search giant.
Reuters reports that in a Tuesday letter to the judge presiding over the case, Google attorney Robert Van Nest urged the court to reject that recommendation, slagging it as deficient. According to Van Nest, its failure to explain just how the figure was calculated and the forecast for how much revenue Oracle might have earned by partnering with Google on Android are grounds enough for ignoring it.
Meanwhile, talks between the dueling Larrys drag on, with an October trial date looming if they fail to reach a settlement.