HTC and Apple settle patent dispute; sign 10 year license agreement

Best buddies forever ... until the next lawsuit

In the current state of the consumer technology industry, there seems to be no end to patent lawsuits. On Saturday, a long standing patent dispute between HTC and Apple finally came to an end. In an unusual Saturday evening joint press release, Apple and HTC have now said they have settled their current legal differences in a fight that has lasted well over two years.

The press release stated:

HTC and Apple have reached a global settlement that includes the dismissal of all current lawsuits and a ten-year license agreement. The license extends to current and future patents held by both parties. The terms of the settlement are confidential.

The press statement included quotes from Apple CEO Tim Cook and HTC CEO Peter Chou, both of whom said they were pleased to have reached a settlement so that their companies can focus on "innovation".

The original dispute began back in March 2010, when Apple filed a lawsuit against HTC, claiming that the company had violated 20 of Apple's patents surrounding its iPhone product. HTC filed a counter-suit in May 2010, alleging that Apple violated several of HTC's own patents.

Source: Apple press release
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See, this is what they ALL should be doing. Agree to do business with each other, and actually start innovating.

Make a change from Apple's usual preference to just stealing other people's ideas and paying off the patent office.

FloatingFatMan said,
... and paying off the patent office.

You do know that, unless you have evidence to support your case, what you have written there is libel, right?

<shrug> Hey I didn't write it so I don't give a damn whether someone issues a libel compliant against the author or the website. Just saying. The author wouldn't be the first, or the last to be issued with a libel suit after writing a throw-away comment on a website.

nekkidtruth said,

So?

TheDogsBed said,
<shrug> Hey I didn't write it so I don't give a damn whether someone issues a libel compliant against the author or the website. Just saying. The author wouldn't be the first, or the last to be issued with a libel suit after writing a throw-away comment on a website.

Does that happen often? Can you give 10 examples over the last 24 months?

TheDogsBed said,

You do know that, unless you have evidence to support your case, what you have written there is libel, right?


Are you a lawyer to even know the proper meaning of libel big man?

The internet is trembling in it's boots.

Please don't sue us.

TheDogsBed said,
<shrug> Hey I didn't write it so I don't give a damn whether someone issues a libel compliant against the author or the website. Just saying. The author wouldn't be the first, or the last to be issued with a libel suit after writing a throw-away comment on a website.

Stop libeling, bro.

You are thinking of Google and Motorola, not Apple. Read the article, Apple cross licenses!

FloatingFatMan said,

Make a change from Apple's usual preference to just stealing other people's ideas and paying off the patent office.

well that's how it works. apple had something htc wanted,and htc had something apple wanted,so they swapped patents and signed a long term deal. unlike the mentality of companies like google and Motorola where they feel entitled to using other companies' intellectual property without compensation or offering something else in return.

Damn straight.

vcfan said,
well that's how it works. apple had something htc wanted,and htc had something apple wanted,so they swapped patents and signed a long term deal. unlike the mentality of companies like google and Motorola where they feel entitled to using other companies' intellectual property without compensation or offering something else in return.