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Oracle's Larry Ellison and Google's Larry Page are expected to face each other on September 19 in an attempt to settle the year-long patent infringement case between their respective companies.
After trying to skirt any appearances by promising to send other people to the conference table, the two CEOs were ordered by U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal last Friday to attend the settlement talks themselves.
Beyond the September 19 appearance, the two chief executives may also need to show up for further discussions on September 20 and September 30.
The two companies have been embroiled in a legal battle since Oracle launched a suit against Google in August 2010, arguing that the search giant has been violating its many patents for Java.
Google Inc. and Oracle Corp. (ORCL) are scheduled to meet again tomorrow after a daylong session yesterday in an attempt to resolve a lawsuit alleging the search engine company’s Android technology infringed Oracle’s patents.
Larry Page, Google’s chief executive officer, and Larry Ellison, Oracle’s CEO, spent yesterday in closed talks before a federal magistrate judge in San Jose, California, after they were ordered to meet over a dispute that may pose the biggest threat to the Android mobile software, now running on more than 150 million devices.