Like a referee before a prize fighting bout, the judge in the Oracle – Google copyright infringement case wished both companies “good luck” as he set the trial date for April 16.Oracle sued Google back in August 2010. The claim was that Android’s use of Java infringes some copyrights and patents, which Oracle got in its 2009 acquisition of Sun Microsystems.
The companies have been yelling in public and negotiating in private ever since, but apparently the last round of negotiations didn’t work out.
At one point, Oracle suggested Google might owe it more than $6 billion — enough to force Google to shut Android down. Now, the requested amount has been whittled down to a top fine of about $220 million.
That’s still too much for Google, apparently. So let the trial begin.