Google-Oracle Standoff Sends Patent Case to Trial
Though the companies technically have until April 9th to continue negotiations, their differences are evidently so profound that the presiding judge, U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal, feels it would be fruitless to use the extra week. And so he’s concluded the negotiations.
“Despite their diligent efforts and those of their able counsel, the parties have reached an irreconcilable impasse in their settlement discussions,” Grewal said in an order filed Monday. “No further conferences shall be convened.”
So come Monday, April 16, the two companies will square off in court with Google doing its damnedest to defend itself against Oracle’s claims that the Android operating system infringes its Java patents. At stake is potentially billions of dollars in damages and no end of gloating if Oracle should win.