/// Judge in Java Trial Tells Oracle and Google to Grow Up

July 22, 2011  |  All Things Digital

The judge in the lawsuit between software giant Oracle and Google scolded both companies yesterday for staking out unreasonable positions in their fight over Google’s alleged infringement of Java. “You’re both asking for the moon and you should be more reasonable,” Judge William Alsup told lawyers for both companies, according to a Reuters report . Alsup told Oracle that the damages it expects to collect are too high, while Google’s argument that it owes Oracle nothing is “ridiculous.” Oracle has said its damages calculations range from $1.4 billion to as high as $6 billion. It recently told the court it is seeking $2.6 billion . Alsup also talked about how internal Google emails appeared to show its executives knew it was using Java in Android. “I’m not saying there was willful infringement, but how are you going to answer this?” Alsup asked attorneys for Google during the hearing, according to the Mercury News . The tone of exasperation with both sides seems to indicate that Alsup wants the two companies to start settlement talks. Oracle sued last year , accusing Google of infringing on Java patents which Oracle now owns as a result of its acquisition of Sun Microsystems. Alsup also granted Oracle’s request to grill Google CEO Larry Page and several other current and former Google employees in a pretrial deposition.

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Judge in Java Trial Tells Oracle and Google to Grow Up

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