HTC Slams Rumors, Hints Apple is Getting Less Than Half Microsoft's Licensing Fee
November 20, 2012 9:04 AM
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Peter Chou calls claims of $6 USD per handset "outrageous", calling the actual fee a "happy settlement"
While HTC Corp. (
) seemed relatively indifferent to rumors that it was paying Microsoft Corp. (
) a licensing settlement of
$10 USD per Android smartphone sold
, its chief executive Peter Chou reacted decisively to claims that it was paying between $6 and $8 USD to Apple, Inc. (
) per device sold for a similar license fee.
Speaking at KDDI Corp.'s (
) launch of the J Butterfly handset -- the twin to
Verizon Wireless's upcoming Droid DNA
-- the HTC CEO remarked, "I think that these estimates are baseless and very, very wrong. It is a outrageous number, but I'm not going to comment anything on a specific number. I believe we have a very, very happy settlement and a good ending."
HTC and Apple
agreed to a truce
in their patent war earlier this month. The patent war between the smartphone makers
began in 2010
, after HTC became the first Android phonemaker sued by Apple. Apple won some preliminary trade court rulings that allowed it to
of HTC handsets into the U.S. back in May, forcing retailers to make due with existing inventory. The blockade was
lifted after a couple of weeks
after HTC r
emoved the UI element
HTC's CEO hinted Apple is getting half of what Microsoft is getting, or less.
[Image Source: Reuters]
But more recently Apple saw its litigation against HTC stall, with courts
refusing bans on top HTC handsets
. At that point Apple CEO Tim Cook finally appeared to get serious about licensing, realizing that simply trying to ban HTC might not be the most beneficial approach. Months later a truce was realized.
Details of that truce were not made public, but the financial impact was not severe enough to cause HTC to bump its earnings guidance lower. If Apple is indeed receiving less than $6 USD per handset, as Mr. Chou's comments seem to imply, that means that its intellectual property licensing rights are worth half of what Microsoft's are, or less.
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Is Apple changing Post Steve Jobs?
11/21/2012 10:29:25 AM
At that point Apple CEO Tim Cook finally appeared to get serious about licensing...
So it would seem that just by it's actions that Apple was out to put HTC out of business, but now that calmer minds (other than Steve Jobs) are in charge that they are willing to work with the competition?
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