Apple, HTC settle dispute with 10-year licensing agreement

Written by Russell Co. Posted in News, Software and Apps

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Published on November 12, 2012 with No Comments

After trading blows for more than 2 years, Apple and HTC have finally settled all their patent disputes. The two tech giants announced in a joint statement that they had reached a “global settlement” that dismisses all current lawsuits with a ten-year license agreement for current and future patents of both. The terms of the settlement are confidential according to the statement.

The patent dispute first started in March of 2010, when Apple sued HTC over 10 patents related to user interface design, one of which HTC was found in violation of. This caused the subsequent ban on the HTC One X, but the company managed to find a workaround. With this new settlement, HTC has access to slide to unlock, universal search, and other Apple patents.

Both companies most likely saw that the dispute would drag on longer and decided to cut their losses. In their joint statement, Apple and HTC said that they resolved the dispute and want to focus on innovation. “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.”