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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    Wally (profile), 12 Nov 2012 @ 6:32pm

    Re: Re: Re: In other news

    It's also hard at 5 feet away without a side by side comparison at an odd angle. The mere fact it took me a double take and a question to figure it out (as it was covered by a case and facing up so I couldn't see labeling or a camera lens) is enough to assume consumer confusion. Try field testing yourself under similar conditions with a friend setting up both phones randomly without telling you which is which in a similar case cover.

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