HTC willing to talk to Apple over patent dispute

After losing a fight against Apple over patent rights, the smartphone maker HTC is willing to chat with Apple to resolve the current dispute. In a new article over at Bloomberg, the company's chief financial officer Winston Yung is quoted as saying, "We have to sit down and figure it out. We’re open to having discussion." He added, "We are open to all sorts of solutions, as long as the solution and the terms are fair and reasonable. On and off we’ve had discussions with Apple, even before the initial determination came out."

Earlier this month the U.S. International Trade Commission gave Apple a victory over two patents it claimed HTC infringed upon. The patents themselves refer to a "system and method for performing an action on a structure in a computer" and a "real-time signal processing system for serially transmitted data." HTC said it would appeal the ITC's decision. Before that decision was announced HTC revealed it would be acquiring graphics chip maker S3 Graphics for $300 million. Part of the reason for the purchase was that HTC wanted to secure patents that S3 Graphics holds the rights to. Those patent rights have already been defended successfully in a separate dispute with Apple.

Both the patent decision loss and the S3 Graphics acquisition have taken a toll on the Taiwan-based company's stock. HTC's stock price have gone down 7 percent since these moves were announced; Bloomberg's story does add that HTC shares shot up 5.7 percent in trading on Monday.

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HTC have a huge chance of shooting above all others in the market but these patent disputes mean they have to continue paying out to big companies like Microsoft and probably Apple.

drazgoosh said,
HTC have a huge chance of shooting above all others in the market but these patent disputes mean they have to continue paying out to big companies like Microsoft and probably Apple.

Despite all that, they are doing pretty well.

The patents themselves refer to a "system and method for performing an action on a structure in a computer" and a "real-time signal processing system for serially transmitted data."

Crap like that is why we can't have nice things. Things like this absolutely should not be patentable.

Majesticmerc said,

Crap like that is why we can't have nice things. Things like this absolutely should not be patentable.

Yup. Because big corporations cry when their feet get stepped on by competition and they try what they can to knock them down. Poor Apple...

I'm going to patent the method for which one would shoot those a**h*l*s the bird and another for the method one would use to tell them all where to go.

I'm going to patent the way people dial other phones via pressing buttons with numbers on them. All who use voice dial will be free from my wrath, but speed dialing will still be under my control!

If Microsoft demands $15 for every Android phone from Samsung, Apple should demand $25 from HTC to compensate for paying Nokia for every iPhone sold.

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