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Apple, HTC kiss and make up

Before his death, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs stated that he was willing to go "thermonuclear" on Google and the manufacturers that produce devices running Android OS. It appears that current Apple CEO Tim Cook, however, is taking a softer approach on the warfront.
Apple and HTC have been in and out of court for years, battling over smartphone patents. Most recently, Apple lost its bid to ban HTC's One X and EVO 4G LTE over its claim of infringement on a "data tapping" patent. However, both companies announced yesterday that the two companies have reached a settlement on all pending litigation. All current lawsuits are being tossed and the two companies have entered into a ten-year licensing agreement.

Apple CEO Tim Cook [Image Source: David Paul Morris / Bloomberg]
“HTC is pleased to have resolved its dispute with Apple, so HTC can focus on innovation instead of litigation,” said HTC CEO Peter Chou.
“We are glad to have reached a settlement with HTC,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “We will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation.”

The terms of the agreement are confidential.

HTC CEO Peter Chou [Image Source: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg]
HTC has been taking on water in recent months, and has seen an erosion of profits as Samsung has strengthened its position in the smartphone market.
HTC has also made drastic cuts to its research and development programs while also scaling back its marketing efforts. Perhaps Apple just doesn't see much of a threat from HTC anymore, and was more willing to make a deal.
Apple still has a hard-on for Samsung, so we doubt that the boys from Cupertino will be reaching any licensing agreements with that South Korean electronics giant any time soon.

Source: Apple

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RE: what was the point of this article?
By ritualm on 11/11/2012 4:26:13 PM , Rating: 5
There are no details of the settlement because the settlement itself is not open for public viewing. It won't matter anyways. Apple wins, everyone loses, end of story.

RE: what was the point of this article?
By StealthX32 on 11/11/2012 4:28:38 PM , Rating: 2
It'd still be good to know what the active lawsuits were between the two.

RE: what was the point of this article?
By bupkus on 11/12/2012 12:21:26 AM , Rating: 2
HTC is irrelevant. If Samsung goes down Android withers in the United States. But China is where Apple needs to focus.
The question seems to be, how can Apple hurt Samsung in China?

RE: what was the point of this article?
By Samus on 11/12/2012 12:38:58 AM , Rating: 2
I have a sad feeling Apple is going to get half the profit of each HTC handset sold...

HTC had no choice, they lack the legal empire of Samsung and Google, and simply can't afford to fight Apple.

By inperfectdarkness on 11/12/2012 2:06:36 AM , Rating: 2
this. times eleventy

By Tony Swash on 11/12/2012 10:43:20 AM , Rating: 2
I have a sad feeling Apple is going to get half the profit of each HTC handset sold...

I guess with that windfall Apple can afford new coffee mugs for the top management team. Does HTC even make profits anymore?

By spaced_ on 11/12/2012 2:52:22 AM , Rating: 2
What the fudge is the point of this comment?

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