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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  1. icon
    balaknair (profile), 12 Nov 2012 @ 1:38pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Riiiiight.
    Are you suggesting that
    a) Apple has been designing the iPhone 5 since 2010, but
    b) Samsung designed, developed, prototyped and then released the S III in just three months?

    I suppose I could point you to Wikipedia where it says work on the S III began in 2010, or how similar it is physically to the Galaxy Nexus(released in November 2011, a full year before the iPhone 5), how it uses a quad-core Cortex A9 processor with Mali-400 quad-core GPU and not the customised Apple A6 dual-core processor with a 3-core PowerVR GPU found in an iPhone 5.
    But since you appear to be immune to reality within your RDF, I guess I shouldn't waste my time.

    And disregard my comment about the optometrist's prescription earlier. That's not the prescription you need.

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