Some Parts of Apple Settlement Pact With HTC Made Public
December 6, 2012 3:01 PM
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Redactions cut out list of devices, amount of payments
Thanks to the pending lawsuit between Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
) and Apple, Inc. (
), round two in the smartphone maker pair's legal war, some details of HTC Corp.'s (
) (and subsidiary S3 Graphics')
licensing truce with Apple
This time around the document was not leaked by Samsung, but rather entered by its attorneys (albeit, in heavily redacted form) legitimately
[PDF] the public record (allowing
to obtain a copy).
The redactions cut out many critical details -- most notably,
the royalty rates
. However, the language makes it clear that HTC is paying Apple (via wire transfers to an Apple bank account) and not the other way around. This was pretty much well known, but it's at least useful to confirm. The agreement makes it clear that if for some reason HTC does not pay Apple its licensing royalties it can terminate the agreement at will.
Redactions cut out key portions of the document.
Much of the 140 pages (over 100 of them) is devoted to a slew of filings in various international jurisdictions pulling the plug on HTC and Apple's respective lawsuits against each other. Page 37 shows a joint press release, which the companies are strictly ordered is the only statement they can formally release on the truce.
Humorously the agreement asserts "No Partnership" (pg. 27) making it clear that Apple and HTC are not to be known as partners (okay, guys).
Another redacted part is what products are safeguarded by Apple and HTC's promise not to sue each other. But the agreement makes it clear that the joint licensing is non-exclusive, non-transferable, and non-sublicensible.
The agreement does not cover Apple's design patents -- which include
U.S. Design Patent No. D618,677
(iPhone), plus the
(iPad). Nine HTC patents are exempt --
U.S. Patent No. 6,708,214
(display of zoomed keypad characters),
(another status bar patent),
("dynamic" display and labeling),
(display and storage container),
(UI preferences, etc.), and
(another OTA upgrade patent).
Apple's design patents (like the iPad one, pictured) are not covered in the deal.
The excluded HTC patents thus appear to mostly either deal with UI elements (probably exclusive to HTC Android Sense UI or older handsets, or to
over-the-air (OTA) upgrades
Feel free to look at the document and let us know if there's anything interesting we missed.
And ready yourselves, things may get hairy as Apple and Samsung square off in
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
a second trial
, likely to be the biggest battle of next year in the ongoing smartphone war.
SBNation [The Verge] [PDF]
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12/6/2012 3:47:18 PM
Really? How about Korean courts not being sold to big corporations as they are in the US? Why these kind of cases are not judged in neutral countries?
12/6/2012 3:57:42 PM
Yes really. How about we don't know either way about Korean courts being in the pockets of Korean corporations but what we do know is Samsung is run by a family of convicted criminals who have a proven track record of untrustworthiness.
These kind of cases are not judged in neutral countries because people such as yourself would immediately proclaim that said neutral country MUST be corrupt the moment that companies run by criminals, such as Samsung, inevitably lose.
(That and the fact they are not charity organisations and somebody has to pay for these trials).
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