In an interesting twist between Google and Oracle’s ongoing patent infringement fight over mobile operating technology, Google proposed to pay Oracle a percentage of Android revenue if Oracle could prove patent infringement. Oracle sued Google back in 2010 claiming that the search giant’s Android technology infringed Oracle’s Java patents.
There are only two patents remaining in the case — US RE38,104 and US 6,061,520 — and Google proposes an ongoing royalty to Oracle of up to .015 percent of Android revenues for the ‘520 patent, which expires in 2018, and up to .5 percent for the ‘104 patent, which expires this December. Google is only offering to pay a total of $2.8 million for any past infringement of those patents.
Oracle in response to this proposal is that Google’s offered numbers are lower that Oracle contends are appropriate. With a final settlement conference ordered by the court just round the corner, scheduled for April 9, it will interesting to see what finally comes out – do there is any chance that Oracle accept the Google’s offer or it again take more clinches over the head. We’ll keep an eye on it.