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Apple-HTC Patent Agreement Is Bad News for Samsung

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Dec 6, 2012, 8:31 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

A redacted version of the patent licensing agreement between Apple and HTC was released by Samsung ahead of today's scheduled courtroom hearing between Apple and Samsung. The two companies will present arguments to U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose concerning the $1.05 billion verdict levied against Samsung earlier this year. Samsung had hoped details of the Apple-HTC licensing agreement, which was struck in November, would help its case with Apple. It does not. Specifically, Samsung believed that if the Apple-HTC agreement included Apple's design and user experience patents, then Samsung could escape some of the damages from the guilty verdict. Instead, the licensing agreement covers technical and engineering patents only, and specifically warns HTC from cloning or copying Apple's designs and user experience. A number of Samsung's smartphone would found guilty of infringing on Apple's design and technical patents. The hearing between Apple and Samsung gets under way later today.

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Dec 6, 2012, 12:51 PM

Apple making the rules.

Ha! How do we know Apple didnt rewrite the agreement once they had to show it to Samsung.
Design and user experience- Does Apple get to decide who is copying their design and user experience? Looks like they selected Samsung and not HTC for being guilty on this front.
I don't know about that first part, but yeah, I agree with the last part..

All of these smartphones look the same and give a similar user experience. Apple sued Samsung because they are Apple's only real threat. If this were about integrity, and no...
Rusty Shackleford

Dec 7, 2012, 3:22 PM

Somewhat understand Apple, but...

I can somewhat understand why Apple is so litigious here considering they stole the desktop GUI thing first only to find Microsoft's shoddy Windows OS taking over the world. In the 00s, Apple made the whole smartphone thing mainstream and, once again, others are swooping in to take what Apple thinks ought to belong to Apple. Because of their history I can see why they are being so aggressive, unfortunately I think this doesn't really touch upon why Apple is always so easy to marginalize. Apple is, once again, focusing on image and attempting to make their name a designer name brand instead of focusing on getting their products in as many hands as possible.

It's like Apple wants the best of both worlds: it wants the lack of competitio...

Dec 6, 2012, 8:59 AM

Sh*t just hit the fan!

Uh oh!
They're just pulling at straws now..
Apple's case is gradually unraveling, a couple months ago, a federal judge declared several of the patents they are using in their case against Samsung to be invalid, in particular he declared the 'bounce' patent which was central to Apple's case, to ...
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