Google Trial Brief Says Sun Offered to License Patents for $28 Million
October 22, 2011- A trial brief filed by defendant Google on October 14th in the Oracle suit over Java- related patents acquired from Sun Microsystems says Sun was willing to license Google to Sun’s patent portfolio for $28 million payable over three years. The two companies had originally planned to jointly develop the Android platform but the partnership derailed over control of the platform. Google’s brief also indicates that it was relying upon Sun’s publicly stated position that it would use patents, “only defensively” in the event it was sued by another patent holder. The trial in the case, originally scheduled to start October 31, has been postponed due to a scheduling conflict at the courthouse.