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  • HTC Wants to Play 'Let's Make a Deal' With Apple


    Earlier this month, the International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in favor of Apple regarding two patents that the ITC reportedly violated. The move effectively gave Apple a commanding lead in what seems to be an otherwise unending patent battle.

    On Tuesday, however, all signs that HTC was prepared to fight to the death with Apple somewhat subsided, as an executive with HTC informed Bloomberg that his company would be happy to reach a settlement with the iPhone maker in hopes of finally putting the patent war behind them.

    Some are saying this is a clear white flag from a company that looks poised to suffer potentially irreparable damages if it continues to fight Apple.

    The Taiwanese smartphone maker locked in a patent battle with Apple Inc., says its willing to negotiate with the iPhone maker after both sides scored victories at the U.S. International Trade Commission.
    We have to sit down and figure it out, Winston Yung, chief financial officer of HTC, tells Bloomberg. Were open to having discussions. It should be noted, though, that Yung said hes "not aware of any formal talks" taking place between Apple and HTC since the ITC rulings came in.

    We are open to all sorts of solutions, as long as the solution and the terms are fair and reasonable, Yung said. On and off weve had discussions with Apple, even before the initial determination came out.

    Source: Bloomberg
    This article was originally published in forum thread: HTC Wants to Play 'Let's Make a Deal' With Apple started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. Mysterion's Avatar
      Mysterion -
      HTC a Taiwanese company?! wtf
    1. bigliquid530's Avatar
      bigliquid530 -
      Can't beat them join them
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigliquid530 View Post
      Can't beat them join them
      Just like Apple joined Nokia when they settled out of court over a patent violation as well.

      Quote Originally Posted by Michael Essany View Post
      Some are saying this is a clear white flag from a company that looks poised to suffer potentially irreparable damages if it continues to fight Apple.
      And who is "some"? You? This isn't a white flag....sometimes it's just more cost-effective and better for business to settle than to drag on a court case for months and months. And they won't suffer irreparable damages unless they LOSE and nobody, including you, could say for certain if they would win or lose. Apple initially was ruled against in a $200 million lawsuit and they appealed successfully so who's to say HTC can't come out of this either? So "some" people need to cork it until this ordeal is finalized.
    1. Rpjr's Avatar
      Rpjr -
      And who is "some"? You? This isn't a white flag....sometimes it's just more cost-effective and better for business to settle than to drag on a court case for months and months. And they won't suffer irreparable damages unless they LOSE and nobody, including you, could say for certain if they would win or lose. Apple initially was ruled against in a $200 million lawsuit and they appealed successfully so who's to say HTC can't come out of this either? So "some" people need to cork it until this ordeal is finalized.
      Troll much? You're entitled to your opinions just as the writer is entitled to his. To most, i'm sure this does look like a white flag being thrown up by HTC. Just common sense to word it the way he did.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rpjr View Post
      Troll much? You're entitled to your opinions just as the writer is entitled to his. To most, i'm sure this does look like a white flag being thrown up by HTC. Just common sense to word it the way he did.
      If it's a white flag so be it....Apple has done the exact same thing so it's pretty much just business at that point.

      And if it were his opinion he should just come right out and say it. "Some" doesn't tell me anything.
    1. Rpjr's Avatar
      Rpjr -
      To 'some', as in a general reference, it does seem that way. Most people don't see things how a business does. Just like when a business chooses to strategically default on something because it's no longer profitable. The average joe would go into debt or live out of their means because they have morals, albeit that's the wrong use of words it's the best way of referencing a business decision to that of a normal person.
    1. Skizz's Avatar
      Skizz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rpjr View Post
      Troll much? You're entitled to your opinions just as the writer is entitled to his. To most, i'm sure this does look like a white flag being thrown up by HTC. Just common sense to word it the way he did.
      I wouldn't bother replying to him. He bashes Essany on almost every story he writes. Maybe he's jealous and wants to be the big boy Modmyi writer instead.