HTC says it's open to discuss licensing deals with Apple

By on July 28, 2011, 12:00 PM

Apple scored a key victory against HTC earlier this month after the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled, in a preliminary decision, that HTC's Android smartphones violated two patents owned by Apple.

The ruling could theoretically lead to a ban on those devices from entering the U.S. However, just a couple of weeks earlier, HTC had its own victory against Apple in a separate case that could serve as leverage to reach an out of court settlement.

HTC's victory came from another ITC ruling determining that Apple had violated two patents owned by S3 Graphics in both the Mac OS and iOS platforms. At the time of the verdict S3 was completely independent, but just a few days later HTC announced it would acquire the graphics firm for $300 million to boost its patent portfolio.

Now HTC's chief financial officer, Winston Yung, has gone on record with Bloomberg saying they are willing to negotiate with Apple: "We are open to all sorts of solutions, as long as the solution and the terms are fair and reasonable," Yung said. "On and off we’ve had discussions with Apple, even before the initial determination came out."

It remains to be seen if Apple is willing to play ball, though, as a victory against HTC will give it more firing power against other Android device makers such as Samsung and Motorola. This strategy is paying off quite well for Microsoft so far, which has scored several victories against Android device makers and now stands to make a chunk of cash from licensing agreements, all while making Android a less attractive platform for OEMs.

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Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Add this to the earlier Nortel patent acquisition by Apple/MS group, I think Google/Android sellers will be shelling out lots of money just to be able to sell many good/most of the crap droids.

Guest said:

Remember, you may not have to be bullied by Apple. You have a deal with Microsoft.

REDMOND, Wash. --- April 27, 2010 --- Microsoft Corp. and HTC Corp. have signed a patent agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for HTC's mobile phones running the Android mobile platform. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will receive royalties from HTC.

yorro said:

HTC is receiving to much heat. Is that good their phones are? There are too many iPhone copycats, why not sue them also?

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

HTC is/was making touch phones long before crApple came along with iphone. Quality wise they have been pretty damn top notch any way.

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