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. identicon
    indieThing, 13 Nov 2012 @ 3:23am

    Re: Re: In other news

    Sorry Wally, but I think you need your eyes testing ;)

    I currently have a Samsung Galaxy SIII and it's nothing like an iPhone from a design view. The top and bottom are rounded where the iPhones are flat, the phone itself is much larger, the buttons are different shapes and there are even more differences I could mention.

    And, let's face it, mobile phone design is pretty much converging on a basic shape/design. Form follows functionality.

    Having been in the mobile industry for over 10 years, I can tell you for sure that Apple didn't produce much that was new in the phone world - they just done it better than most - with things such as smooth screen interfaces, more sensitive touch screens and an all round more pleasant user experience.

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