Last Saturday, Apple announced that they were able to reach a settlement with HTC. The agreement includes dismissal of all ongoing patent disputes, as well as their participation in a ten-year license agreement with the Taiwan tech giant. The settlement also covers current and future patents that are held by both companies.
Apple vs. HTC Patent Litigation, Now Terminated
The Cupertino-based company issued an official statement on its website, saying that all of their patent disputes with HTC are now terminated. They also announced that both companies have reached a ten-year agreement that is meant to protect them against future lawsuits.
As posted by Apple CEO Tim Cook in the official statement: “We are glad to have reached a settlement with HTC. We will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation.”
This statement was echoed by HTC CEO Peter Chou, saying that “HTC is pleased to have resolved its dispute with Apple, so HTC can focus on innovation instead of litigation.”
Meanwhile, it was also announced that the terms of Apple and HTC’s agreement will remain confidential.
Apple and its Long-Time Odd with HTC
Prior to this, Apple has long been at odds with HTC due to a number of claimed patents. This includes a complaint lodged by the Taiwanese handset manufacturer at Delaware, seeking to ban the US sales of iPhone, iPad, and a number of Macs due to violation of their claimed Wi-Fi patents.
The iPhone maker was first to file a patent lawsuit against HTC in 2010. During those times, it was reported that HTC allegedly infringed a couple of iPhone patents.
After a round of court-ordered talks last August, both companies were urged to reach an agreement. However, HTC pointed out that they had no intention of settling any of their multiple cases against the Cupertino-based company.
The same outcome was also produced in September over a complaint with the US International Trade Commission. It was revealed by HTC chairwoman Cher Wang that the company had no intent of reaching a settlement with the iPhone maker, as they remained confident in the face of patent infringement complaints. Wang also added that Samsung’s failure didn’t mean the loss of the entire Google Android ecosystem.
In December, the court granted Apple an injunction against HTC handsets that violated their so-called “data-detectors” patent. This has caused delay to the release of the Taiwan-based company’s HTC One X and Evo 4G LTE, which were held at the US customs.