Google Involved in yet Another Lawsuit, this time Versus Oracle

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Google and Oracle, two very predominant tech companies, are preparing for a legal face-off over a couple of java-based patents. The trial will start on April 16. U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal, who had supervised the attempted settlement over the course of more than six months, stated that irreconcilable differences were responsible for the failure for an amicable resolution.

The case has been very turbulent, with both companies warring for the best position. Oracle, which started the legal battle over a set of six patents, claims that Google should owe them $6.1 billion in damages due to the nature of Android’s system, which doesn’t allow Java-based apps to easily run on it. After Oracle acquired an email from a Google executive stating the requirement for a license, Oracle pounced on the opportunity to solidify their case. However, the Judge stated that the damages were too high, recommending a starting point of only $100 million. Negotiations fell apart when Google and Oracle could not come to an agreement over the amount that Google should pay for use of the Java code.

Google has since requested of the court that the case duration be shortened and that it be presented only to a judge rather than a jury. Due to complaints that Google’s trials can take too long and add unnecessary strain to the legal system, this appeal will likely stand.

If Oracle wins, many companies that rely on open-sourced software will struggle, while mega-billion dollar companies who jealously protect their patents will thrive from new licensing revenue.

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