Oracle, Google gird for trial on Android dispute

Two of the Silicon Valley’s bigwig companies – Oracle and Google – are preparing for an April 16-scheduled trial in a San Francisco federal court; with the patent-infringement scuffle between the two companies pivoting around Google’s increasingly popular Android operating system for mobile devices.

The trial is connected with a lawsuit which was filed by Oracle nearly a year-and-a-half back, when it complained that Google’s Android software violated copyrights and patents that Oracle acquired with its 2010 purchase of Sun Microsystems and its Java technology in a $7.3 billion deal.

The chances of the two companies working out a settlement before the trial appear to be rather bleak, especially after Oracle slighted a proposal of a $3 million payment by Google in damages, and potentially cutting the company in for less than one percent of Android revenue.

While Oracle and Google gird for the forthcoming trial, Google has expressed the opinion that the scheduled eight-week trial could be possibly be shortened. However, Oracle is neither in favor of a revised trial schedule nor is it willing to forego its right to a face off before the jury.

Noting that it would not pass by its chances of winning an injunction against Android software, Oracle said in a filing that it “cannot agree to unilaterally give up its rights, on appeal and in this court, to seek full redress for Google's unlawful conduct.”