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HTC pays Apple price for licensing Android
Just to document this one from yesterday – peace has broken out between Apple and HTC on the Android IP front. Peace on Apple terms it seems…
Apple’s statement simply reads:
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 confidential.
“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.”
The definitive source for technology IP news is Foss Patents, and you can read Florian Mueller’s thoughts on the latest developments.
He notes that, so far, Android devices have been found guilty of infringing twenty Apple of Microsoft patents.
“Google should finally recognize that Android devices need patent licenses, that Android is not free no matter how often Google says so, and that one Android device maker after the other will seek licensing arrangements with Apple, Microsoft, Nokia and other significant patent holders.”