Apple and patent infringement lawsuits go together like peanut butter and jelly. You often hear the two mentioned in the same sentence, especially when it involves an Android manufacturer. Perhaps the most high-profile disputes have been between Cupertino and Samsung. But potentially just as costly, has been a series of court cases between Apple and Taiwan-based HTC.
Thankfully, we have some good news at last: the two companies have agreed to put all their legal disputes aside, and have reached a global licensing deal that will last ten years:
All Patent Litigation Between the Companies Dismissed
TAIPEI, Taiwan and CUPERTINO, California—November 10, 2012—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.
“HTC is pleased to have resolved its dispute with Apple, so HTC can focus on innovation instead of litigation,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC.
“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.”
Lawsuits began when HTC released its multi-touch enabled N1 (much to Apple’s displeasure), along with 20 other alleged patent infringements including user interface patents. I think – for me – the best part about this result is that the two were able to settle without pushing it to a high-profile court case like we saw with Samsung in the summer.