Apple And HTC Agree On A Global Settlement For Patent Disputes

Apple And HTC Agree On A Global Settlement For Patent Disputes - Android, currently the number one smartphone OS in the world, has been the main reason behind a lot of patent disputes between Apple and Android manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC and Motorola. Many claim that Android copied Apple and Steve Jobs wanted to wage thermonuclear war on it and perhaps that’s why, companies like Apple and Android OEMs have never been the best of pals. A recent court ruling even led to Apple crediting a Billion Dollar from Samsung. And in an unlikely turn of events, Apple and HTC have both announced today that they have reached a global settlement on all patent litigation, effectively dismissing all patent-related lawsuits between the two tech-giants.

Apple And HTC Agree On A Global Settlement For Patent Disputes

Apple And HTC Agree On A Global Settlement For Patent Disputes

This is another sign that things at Apple are certainly changing under Tim Cook’s rule. Recently a top Apple executive, Scott Forstall was fired for not apologizing on Apple Maps so this move confirms that Tim Cooks is working hard to improve the working of things at the Cupertino-based company.

Here is the joint release of the settlement from both sides,

“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.”

Besides the global settlement on patent disputes, both the companies have also agreed on a 10-year cross-licensing deal which is certainly a step forward.

The patent war between Taiwan-based HTC and the Cupertino giant, Apple was not as fierce as the one between Apple and Samsung but still this settlement is great for innovation.