/// Does HTC Deal Signal End to Apple’s Thermonuclear War Against Android?

November 11, 2012  |  All Things Digital


The most noteworthy piece of the just-announced Apple-HTC settlement is that the iPhone maker has a price. Until now, Apple indicated only that it wanted other companies not to copy it. It didn’t seem interested in licensing its patents. Late CEO Steve Jobs seemed more interested in crushing Android then trying to extract royalties from those that use Google’s operating system. By contrast, Microsoft has also said it believes Android devices infringe its products, but has been plenty happy to license its patents. Under the 10-year deal announced on Saturday night, however, Apple appears to be following suit, allowing HTC to continue to do business as usual — and collecting a fee in return. Also surprising is the fact that HTC is apparently not being forced to pay an arm and a leg for that privilege. Although terms are not being disclosed, HTC did say that it does not expect the agreement of have an “adverse material impact” on its financials. Whatever the company is paying (and rest assured, Apple is being paid here), it would appear to be relatively cheap considering that a jury ordered Samsung to pay upward of a billion dollars for infringing Apple patents .

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