Google and Oracle CEOs set for face-to-face settlement talks
Chief executives Larry Page of Google and Larry Ellison of Oracle are set to sit down for face-to-face settlement talks regarding a patent dispute between the two companies over the Android operating system, according to a report.
The talks are to take place Monday, according to a court order from U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal filed Friday, according to a Dow Jones news report. Both Page and Ellison are also founders of their respective companies.
A trial over the patent dispute, which began last August when Oracle sued Google arguing that Android infringes on a number of its patents and copyrights relating to the use of its Java programming language in the operating system, is scheduled to begin in October, the report said. Officials at Google and Oracle were unavailable for comment Tuesday.
Oracle picked up the Java patents in 2009 when it purchased Sun Microsystems. In June, Oracle said it was seeking about $2.6 billion from Google in the patent suit. Earlier in June, a Google spokeswoman said "Oracle's 'methodology' for calculating damages is based on fundamental legal errors and improperly inflates their estimates."
In July, U.S. District Judge William Alsup criticized both companies over the patent suit, telling them that "you're both asking for the moon."
-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Photo: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison speaks at Oracle Open World conference in San Francisco last year. Credit: Robert Galbraith / Reuters