In a surprising move, HTC and Apple have announced that the two companies have settled their disputes with an unprecedented agreement for the mobile industry. While Apple will most likely fight to the death with Samsung over patent disputes, HTC and Apple have agreed to a 10-year cross-licensing deal which allows both parties to license each other’s current and future patents.
HTC and Apple have been at odds for several years over various patent disputes. Earlier this year, Apple gained the upper hand when the ITC banned imports of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE due to a single patent infringement issue. The situation was quickly remedied, but the delayed launch has caused HTC to falter in the market.
While this cross-licensing agreement will greatly benefit HTC by giving the company access to Apple’s slide to unlock, universal search and portfolio of 4G patents, Apple has a lot to gain as well. As we reported back in early September, HTC’s patent portfolio includes several standard-essential LTE patents which is could use to block the sales of the new iPhone 5.
For now, there’s no indication that Apple will be taking a similar approach with other Android OEMs, but we can always hope. Do you think HTC’s new patent agreement with Apple help the company regain its dominance?Show Press Release
All Patent Litigation Between the Companies Dismissed
TAIPEI, Taiwan and CUPERTINO, California–November 10, 2012–HTC and Apple® have reached a global settlement that includes 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.
“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.
“We are glad to have reached a settlement with HTC,” said Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. “We will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation.”