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Oracle Rejects Google’s $3 Million Offer to Settle Patent Dispute

stadium-oaklandAhead of an upcoming trial in April over claims that Google’s Android operating system has infringed on Java patents, Google has offered to pay Oracle $3 million plus a portion of its Android platform revenue in an attempt to reach a settlement without the need for a jury verdict.

The web giant had offered Oracle less than 1 percent of Android revenue, but Oracle has already rejected the offer for being too low, according to reports citing a court document filed on Tuesday. In July, it was reported that Oracle was seeking billions.

“Oracle cannot agree to Google’s proposal that Oracle waive its constitutional right to a jury trial,” said Oracle lawyers in the filing to U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup, seen by the AFP. “Although there are issues for the Court to decide, there are substantial questions for the jury as well.”

Oracle and Google declined to comment further.

Oracle filed the original suit against Google for patent infringement in August 2010 claiming that Google “knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle’s Java-related intellectual property” and sought “appropriate remedies”.

The key technology in question is the Dalvik virtual machine used in Android.

Google has denied patent infringement, and argued that Android was allowed to use the Java technology when it was owned and developed by Sun Microsystems because the technology was then intended to be open source.

Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems in April 2009.

In February Google had a major setback in its dispute with Oracle, after the U.S. Court of Appeal in Washington ruled that one of Google’s internal emails could be used as evidence against the firm.

The email was written in August 2010 by Tim Lindholm, a software engineer at Google, to his superiors. He suggested that Google would have no choice but to start licensing Java as no other technologies would be suitable for use within Android and Chrome.

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