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Apple and HTC Settle All Litigation, Sign Licensing Deal

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Nov 11, 2012, 8:45 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

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."

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Nov 11, 2012, 12:42 PM

I read about this yesterday.

I read about this yesterday, thinking why? Not a very Apple thing to do, last time was in the 90's with MSFT. Maybe Apple is looking for a new fabricator for its devices? Public relations so they don't look like hard asses??
Android Authority's spin on it was maybe this is a way to down Samsung or maybe because HTC has been heavy invested with Microsoft.
Apple is a company that cares very deeply about its PR and reputation, and the constant lawsuits are really reflecting very poorly on them and damaging their reputation....

I don't know if you've seen it, but there is a really funny ad for the Cona...
Actually, the last time Apple licensed its design patents was... to Microsoft just a year ago.

Nov 11, 2012, 9:40 PM

So glad they finally realized this was hurting their image....

By refusing to cooperate and just demand money for whatever they thought was their intellectual property.

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.
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