Apple and HTC Settle All Patent Disputes, Agree to Ten Year Licensing Deal
Apple recently announced that the company has reached a global settlement with HTC. The settlement includes the dismissal of all ongoing court litigation and will participate in a ten-year license agreement that covers current and future patents held by both companies. The details of the settlement remain scarce though.
The Cupertino California company did issue a statement on its website announcing the termination of all current patent disputes with HTC. The ten-year agreement is positioned as such to be used as protection against any future suits.
For those of you who didn’t already know, Apple and HTC have been going at it over a number of claimed patents, including a complaint that the Taiwanese handset manufacturer lodged in Delaware that sought out to ban the U.S. sale of the iPhones, iPads, and certain Mac computers over violation of claimed Wi-Fi patents. The people in charge of both companies issued similar statements with Tim Cook saying “We are glad to have reached a settlement with HTC. We will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation” and Peter Chou saying "HTC is pleased to have resolved its dispute with Apple, so HTC can focus on innovation instead of litigation.”
The agreement between the two comes as a surprise after previous court-ordered talks to urge the companies toward reaching a settlement failed. Although the terms of the Apple and HTC agreement remain confidential, both companies likely came to an agreement after each of them saw the benefit in doing so. Now if only Apple and the handful of other companies it has ongoing issues with can come to a similar conclusion (ahem, Samsung).