Oracle refuses to bury the hatchet with HP -

Oracle has ruled out a settlement with the maker of expensive printer ink, HP, over the Itanium microprocessor.

According to Reuters, Oracle attorney Dan Wall said a settlement of the lawsuit "isn't going to happen." HP wants $4 billion in lost profit damages over Oracle pulled support for Itanium, while Oracle argues that HP's claims are meritless.

Oracle decided to discontinue support for Itanium last year, claiming Intel said that the chip was nearing the end of its life and that Intel was shifting its focus to x86.

However, HP believed that it had agreed that support for Itanium would continue. HP sued Oracle last year, calling Oracle's decision "anti-customer."

But Oracle said that HP's claims "cannot support" its damages estimate. It has counter-sued HP for false advertising.

Both sides had a crack at convincing Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg to hand them a win before trial. Kleinberg said no and compared the case to a divorce.

He told the two sides that they had to give serious consideration to a settlement. He said the case was "extremely challenging" and he did not know how it would turn out.