Apple and HTC Settle All Litigation, Sign Licensing Deal
Apple and HTC announced that they have reached a 10-year licensing agreement regarding their respective smartphone patent portfolios. As a result, they have dropped all patent litigation in all courts around the world. The agreement covers current and future patents. Terms of the licensing agreement were not provided. "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."
Apple and Ericsson Sign Patent Accord, Settle Lawsuits
Apple and Ericsson have signed a patent-licensing agreement and put an end to on-going patent litigation between the two. Ericsson said the deal is broad and covers 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE technologies.
Nokia and Samsung Settle Patent Licensing Deal
Nokia today said it has reached an agreement with Samsung over the licensing of its wireless patents. The companies have been disputing the value of Nokia's patents since Nokia sold its handset division to Microsoft.
Microsoft, Kyocera Expand Patent-Licensing Deal
Microsoft today said that it has expanded the scale of a patent cross-licensing agreement with Kyocera. Microsoft and Kyocera are now able to use a broader range of one another's technologies in a variety of products.
Nokia and Samsung Expand Patent Agreement
Nokia and Samsung have broadened an existing patent cross-licensing agreement to include more intellectual property. The companies ended patent litigation between the two in February with an initial cross-licensing agreement.
Google, Verizon Sign Patent Pact
Google and Verizon Communications today entered into a multi-year patent cross-licensing agreement. The companies said the agreement covers a "broad range of products and technologies" and will help them "reduce the risk of future patent litigation." Both companies expressed interest in making similar patent-protection agreements with other high-tech businesses.
I read about this yesterday.
I don't know if you've seen it, but there is a really funny ad for the Cona...
So glad they finally realized this was hurting their image....
A lot of people surprisingly dislike Apple, because of the way they're perceived as a company - greedy and always out on the hunt for a lawsuit.