As you might have heard, late this evening reports came stating that HTC and Apple, who have been fighting over patents since 2010, have finally come to a settlement and have agreed to license all current and future patents for the next 10 years. I assume that HTC is paying Apple some money, it would make sense. You can read further about this on The Verge: Here and Here
I guess my question are simply:
- To what extent do you think HTC’s financial troubles might have impacted or influenced their agreement with Apple?
- How does this impact Android, Google, and other OEMs, or if it does at all?
- Does this change HTC’s strategy or it’s ability to continue to provide us with amazing innovative smartphones?
- What might have been some of the agreements between the two companies in terms of the licensing agreement and what one or the other can and cannot do?
I would think that this licensing agreement and settlement is heavily in favor of Apple and one reason might be that Apple could have continued to litigate HTC, since it is loaded with cash, while HTC, do to their declining profits over the past 3 or so quarters could not afford to continue along with the patent disputes.
I think that this settlement brings forth a lot of questions that might not be resolved because most of the nitty-gritty details, outside of what was revealed, are all confidential.