Apple and HTC settle patent disputes

Apple and HTC settle patent disputes

Apple and HTC have signed a 10-year licensing deal, bringing to an end a spate of patent court cases between the two companies.

Both companies said the terms of the settlement were confidential but the licence will extend to current and future patents held by both Apple and HTC. The deal dismisses all current lawsuits.

Peter Chou, HTC CEO, said: 'HTC is pleased to have resolved its dispute with Apple, so HTC can focus on innovation instead of litigation.'

Tim Cook, Apple CEO, said: 'We are glad to have reached a settlement with HTC. We will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation.'

HTC had been one of the key beneficiaries of the Android operating system, although it has struggled to continue its momentum in recent quarters in the light of greater competition from the likes of Samsung. Last month, it warned its fourth quarter sales and profits were likely to fall.

Apple has been battling a number of Android manufacturers in the courts, accusing them of copying features of the iPhone. The most high profile case this year was in California, where Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $1.1bn after a court ruled the Korean manufacturer had infringed several of Apple's patents. Apple also had succeeded earlier this year in getting some HTC phones banned from sale in the US.

Editor: Graeme Neill

Written by Mobile Today
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