Apple has announced that it had reached a global settlement with HTC, which iincludes the dismissal of all current lawsuits and a ten-year license agreement. The license extends to current and future patents held by both parties. The terms of the settlement are confidential.
“We are glad to have reached a settlement with HTC. We will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation,” said Tim Cook, chief exec of Apple.
Apple sued HTC back in early 2010. Back then it was largely believed that the former wanted to slowdown sales of HTC's Google Android-based devices. After this, Apple accused Samsung Electronics over infringement of its patents. It is generally believed that Apple is attacking Google Android platform in an attempt to sustain sales of highly-profitable iOS based devices like iPad (iPod touch) or iPhone.
HTC was originally accused of violation of ten Apple patents. An ITC judge ruled, in an initial determination, that HTC violated only two. Since Apple did not publicly specified the ten patents that HTC allegedly infringed, it is impossible to say which two of them were considered to be violated by the ITC judge. HTC disagreed that it had violated even the two and said it would continue to defend itself in court.
“HTC is pleased to have resolved its dispute with Apple, so HTC can focus on innovation instead of litigation,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC.