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HTC and Apple Declare Patent War Truce with 10-Year Licensing Agreement

Discussion in 'Android News' started by dgstorm, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. dgstorm

    dgstorm Editor in Chief Staff Member Premium Member

    Dec 30, 2010
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    Austin, TX

    Just yesterday, HTC and Apple made a surprising announcement. Apparently they worked out a 10-year patent licensing deal that effectively ends their current patent wars. In fact, this new deal even covers future patented technologies. However, while this news initially seems like magical & rosy Christmas-land, in many ways, it's still a huge loss for HTC and Android. Although the details of the agreement were not officially released, insider intel indicated that HTC will effectively have to pay Apple $6 to $8 dollars per Android device they sell. On top of the money that HTC must pay Microsoft for a similar licensing deal, much of HTC's profit is eroded in Android. This can't be good for a company that is already struggling to stay above water.

    Of course, there still are no details on how much Apple will have to recompense HTC to license their tech, so some of this could be offset. Regardless, could we be seeing the patent wars winding down?

    Here's the press release below,

  2. bazar6

    bazar6 Premium Member Theme Developer Premium Member

    Dec 15, 2009
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    I doubt we'll see the patent wars winding down for Samsung... I think they took Jobs' quote personally "I'm going to destroy Android... I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this"