Google and Oracle sat down for a last-ditch, court-ordered settlement conference over the weekend, but their latest attempt at settling their longstanding patent dispute failed to yield any results even after six hours of parleying. With the latest settlement conference between the two companies proving just as sleeveless as those before it, their protracted patent dispute is now all set to go to trial.
"Despite their diligent efforts and those of their able counsel, the parties have reached an irreconcilable impasse in their settlement discussions with the undersigned," wrote U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal in an order Monday. "No further conferences shall be convened. The parties should instead direct their entire attention to the preparation of their trial presentations. Good luck."
The dispute, which revolves around Oracle’s allegations that Google’s Android operating system infringes on some of its Java-related patents, has been dragging on since August 2010. So reluctant have the two companies been to make concessions that last year a U.S. District Judge even lambasted them for being unreasonable and “asking for the moon.”
But as Judge Paul Grewal remarked in his judgement, some cases just have to be tried. This is clearly one of those cases. The trial in this case is scheduled to begin on April 16, 2012.