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 @ 6:39pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Example: You have to pay for a licensing fee for making a Unix based operating system in which you have to pay for using the core kernel of Unix, but you may design the shell as much as possible.

    As far as Apple licensing its technologies, 7 to 8 dollars per device sold was the average fee for Macintosh clones and compared to anything Motorola Mobility has put at as FRAND and Industry Standards Patent licensing fees, is quite reasonable too.

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