HTC And Apple Settle Patent Dispute; Perhaps Tim Cook Realizes Patent Fights Are A Waste

from the one-would-help dept

While the Apple patent disputes with Samsung and Motorola seem to get most of the publicity, Apple's first patent lawsuit against an Android phonemaker was against HTC, who quickly sued back. However, over the weekend, the two companies announced a settlement in which they're cross-licensing all of their patents to each other for a period of ten years. While the full details are secret, all of the indications are that HTC is paying Apple, but not a huge amount. HTC has said that it won't have "an adverse material impact" on its financials. While HTC remains a smaller player than Samsung, one hopes that this is actually a sign that Tim Cook has realized that Steve Jobs' infatuation with killing Android in court is not a productive strategy. This, of course, won't end many of the other patent fights around smartphones, but hopefully it shows that Apple has become less ridiculously "religious" about fighting in court, rather than focusing on the marketplace.

Filed Under: android, patents, settlement, smartphones, tim cook, waste
Companies: apple, htc


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    Michael, 12 Nov 2012 @ 6:50am

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    Yup.

    Neither of those make sense. Google does not license Android to HTC, just some of their specific applications (like Google Play). Microsoft DOES charge licensing fees for about 50% of the android devices out there - you know to license an OS that Microsoft had nothing to do with developing, but I don't know which side of the fence HTC falls on that deal.

    As far as HTC dropping Android for Windows phone? Well, they seem to have split the market and are producing both low-cost phones and high-end phones. It seems unlikely that they will want to suffer the cost of Windows phone licensing on their low-end phones as it is considerably more expensive.

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