HTC, Apple settle global patent dispute

Sunday, November 11, 2012
Taipei/Cupertino: 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, however, confidential.

In a statement issued to the press, HTC CEO Peter Chou said, "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.

Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook also expressed his “gladness” in a news release and asserted that Apple “will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation."

Notably, Apple had filed a patent infringement suit against High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) in March 2010 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware in the two companies' ongoing battle with each other, and a complaint against HTC under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 with the U.S International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington, D.C. Apple's suit alleged 20 separate patent infringements relating to the iPhone's user interface, underlying architecture and hardware.
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