by Anton Shilov
07/27/2011 | 09:05 AM
HTC, one of the world's leading makers of smartphones, said that it was willing to negotiate with Apple to solve the patent dispute after the company was found guilty of infringing of two Apple's patents earlier this month. The company declined to reveal any possible terms of the agreement with Apple.
“We have to sit down and figure it out. We are open to having discussions. We are open to all sorts of solutions, as long as the solution and the terms are fair and reasonable. On and off we have had discussions with Apple, even before the initial determination came out " said Winston Yung, chief financial officer of HTC, reports Bloomberg news-agency.
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 it said earlier this month. However, it looks like at present it is open to discussions.
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 largely 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. The two patents that were infringed by HTC can affect other makers of Android-based phones, many market observers believe.