Apple and HTC Settle Patent Dispute, Agree to Ten Year License

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has posted a press release tonight, announcing that Apple and HTC have reached a global settlement on their patent dispute. The agreement has resulted in a ten-year patent licensing agreement between the companies and the dismissal of all current lawsuits. The press release includes quotes from HTC's and Apple's CEOs:
    The license extends to current and future patents held by both parties. The terms of the settlement are confidential.

    Apple first filed a lawsuit against HTC in March, 2010. Apple had alleged that HTC had infringed on 20 iPhone-related patents. HTC had been a prominent player in the Android market at the time, and also represented Google's manufacturing partner for the Nexus One.

    HTC had subsequently countersued Apple in 2011 and claimed that Apple had infringed on several of HTC's patents with the Mac, iPhone and iPad products.

    Apple and HTC have been exchanging legal blows over the past two years with product bans and legal fees that were rumored to top $100 million. Apple recently won another high profile patent dispute in the U.S. against Samsung with a $1 billion verdict in favor of Apple.

    Article Link: Apple and HTC Settle Patent Dispute, Agree to Ten Year License
  2. komodrone macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2011
  3. wonderspark macrumors 68040


    Feb 4, 2010
    Wow, this makes me very pleased. Let this be the first of many such settlements, and let's all MOVE ON!
  4. Sixtafoua macrumors 6502


    May 29, 2009
    Boston, MA
  5. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    So, they CAN settle.:)

    Do that with samsung and focus on products please.
  6. turtlez macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2012
  7. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    I'm kinda thinking that Apple settled because they no longer feel that HTC is a threat or relevant. Don't expect any settlements wit Sammy.
  8. dethmaShine macrumors 68000

    Apr 13, 2010
    Into the lungs of Hell
    Here comes the new wave of conspiracy theories.
  9. JodyK macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2010
    Northern Atlanta suburbs
  10. Nebrie, Nov 10, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2012

    Nebrie macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2002
    HTC's current phones are innovative and look nothing like Apple products anymore. Samsung just started shipping off a bunch of Macbook Air and Mac Mini knockoffs. Also, Samsung is now HTC's biggest enemy. The enemy of my enemy is my friendemy.
  11. DeathChill macrumors 68000

    Jul 15, 2005
    This is great news, I'm glad that they could work it out.
  12. LagunaSol macrumors 601


    Apr 3, 2003
    With Samsung sucking up all the air in the Android space, this is a good move for HTC. Android fans love to talk about "choice," then they all buy Samsungs.
  13. 3282868 macrumors 603

    Jan 8, 2009
    Apple should take a page from HTC's book and follow suit with the plethora of lawsuits they have filed. Not debating authenticity of said suits, however it seems Apple is innovating less and suing more. The last time I was "wowed" by Apple was in 2006/7 with the iPhone. Riding the iWave is getting tired.
  14. econgeek macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2009
    Apple offered to settle with samsung, several years ago. Samsung refused, which is why they went to court.

    Apple offered to settle with HTC, and Apple and HTC came to terms.

    Apple is not being unreasonable... it is Samsung, and Google, and motorola who are being unreasonable.

    Because they think they are too big to be convicted of stealing.
  15. Sneakz macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    I don't think HTC was financially able to keep up any sort of fight with Apple. Might as well settle and move on.
  16. econgeek macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2009
    I don't believe you were ever "Wowed" and I think you've been an apple hater since you first bought some other product and regretted it when you realized Apple's product was better.

    I think it's astounding that apple haters think we're so stupid as to fall for lies like the ones you're telling. It's really pretty obvious.
  17. 3282868 macrumors 603

    Jan 8, 2009
    Ok So my decade+ of using Apple products since grad school and now work is a figment of your imagination?

    I own a 12-Core Mac Pro, 2 24" LED LCD's, an iPad, every iPhone incarnation, and am writing on a MacBook Air. I used to WORK for Apple Corp., but I suppose someone who can objectively critique a company they value must be a "troll" (I loathe that term and as a 35 year old man, 36 tomorrow, hate that I have to use such a childish term in response to an immature post).

    Blind infatuation will yield to stagnation, however objectively stating "I don't agree with said product or such act" and voting with your dollars will get a company's attention. Take a look at Apple stock, maybe a hiccup, maybe not. Regardless, I hope it wakes them up a bit to innovate more. I'm glad Forstall is gone, and thrilled Browett is as well; that duo would have walked Apple down a dark path (Johnson was/is amazing in retail, shame Apple lost him to Penny's).

    (PS if I really hated Apple as you claim, why would I donate annually to a site dedicated to Apple products? I guess I really must hate Apple ;) )
  18. dethmaShine macrumors 68000

    Apr 13, 2010
    Into the lungs of Hell
    I think its ridiculous to have your trollish posts in every other thread bashing Apple for something that's not even provable; instead can be proved that Apple has been constantly innovating in almost every space possible. Just because the app launcher is stale for some doesn't mean they are not innovating.

    There's no need to cite incomplete text and suggest Apple should take a page. Apple and HTC released this public response in a combined meeting. They both reached to an agreement for which the details are confidential.


    Maybe to post BS in every other thread?
  19. A Hebrew macrumors 6502a

    A Hebrew

    Jan 7, 2012
    really???? When!?
  20. croooow, Nov 10, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2012

    croooow macrumors 65816


    Jul 16, 2004
    Well, I do not know if you two have any history (too lazy to really look into it) but I have to agree that I have not been "wowed" by Apple like I was when Steve Jobs showed us that first iPhone in 2007.

    I have liked plenty of other products they make, I have purchased 3 of their phones plus a number of other items (like the computer I am using right now) but nothing they have done since the first iPhone has really "wowed" me.

    Edit/Addition: I have been very impressed by their products, I feel they are made better than just about everything that competes with them. I am a big fan of Apple: I am just talking about that "wow" that I felt watching the iPhone introduction. What else have they done that really wowed anyone? Look at the audience reaction during the keynotes.
  21. DanteMann, Nov 10, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2012

    DanteMann macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2011

    I want to offer you a chance to debate me on this. But I am going to decide the rules to this offer. Whatever points I make in this debate, you must agree on. If you disagree, you are being unreasonable because I am too big an influential to be challenged.

    See what I did there? ;)
  22. 3282868, Nov 10, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2012

    3282868 macrumors 603

    Jan 8, 2009
    No history, never even communicated with said individual before, or the other one. Find it amusing that I have an apparent "history", if you do read my posts, I'm actually quite the nice guy and especially enjoy helping others on the forums. Oh well, guess if you express an opinion someone doesn't agree with, it gets personal for them. :)

    That's a lot of BS. In every other thread? I think I even impressed myself :)
  23. siphyn87 macrumors member

    Nov 1, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    Please...there are just as many hardcore Moto/HTC fans out there, as there are Samsung fans. With LG making the Nexus 4 it will bring a lot of attention to LG as well.
  24. portishead macrumors 65816

    Apr 4, 2007
    los angeles
    Great news and hopefully a sign of things to come. Reward the companies and encourage competition instead of making lawyers rich. We all win as consumers.
  25. dethmaShine macrumors 68000

    Apr 13, 2010
    Into the lungs of Hell
    Umm. Personal slander? Naa. Just really tired of your posts in literally every thread over the last few weeks explaining how Apple sucks and how Android and Google are way above everything.

    I don't need you to be an Apple fan. I diss Apple too on a number of occasions. Your posts don't show reason; they are just an attempt to make a point — 'Hey – Apple sucks'. Guess what? It's getting boring now.

    I've had conversations with you previously. I've shared PM's with you in the past before you requested time-out of MacRumors.

    Nevertheless, you still won't reply to my post where I mention that this was a collaborative meeting and yours was a deliberate attempt to mock Apple by quoting a specific text from the news. Any thing on that?

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