HTC wants to negotiate a patent deal with Apple

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in iPhone edited January 2014
An executive with smartphone maker HTC has indicated that his company is willing to broker a deal with Apple to settle their ongoing patent dispute.



Apple gained a key victory over HTC earlier this month, when a judge at the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled, in a preliminary decision, that HTC violated two patents owned by Apple. The iPhone maker has also filed a second complaint with the ITC against HTC.



But HTC had its own, indirect victory recently as well, as S3 Graphics won its case against Apple when the ITC ruling that two patents were violated. HTC recently acquired S3 graphics for $300 million, giving it a potential legal counter to Apple's own complaints.



In the latest twist, Winston Yung, chief financial officer of HTC, told Bloomberg on Tuesday that his company is willing to negotiate with Apple, and potentially settle their respective disputes out of court with a licensing agreement.



"We have to sit down and figure it out," Yung reportedly said. "We're open to having discussions."



The executive also revealed that his company has had "on and off" discussions with Apple, even before the recent ITC rulings were made. But he said he's not aware of any formal talks between the two companies since the latest ITC rulings in favor of Apple and S3. Both of those initial decisions are subject to final review by the commission.



Yung's comments suggest that the legal battle between HTC and Apple could play out similarly to the separate fight between Nokia and Apple. The Finnish handset maker struck a deal with Apple earlier this year after ITC staff sided with Nokia in a preliminary recommendation.



The out-of-court settlement features ongoing licensing fees, in addition to a one-time payment made from Apple to Nokia. The terms of the deal are unknown, but last week the company revealed it received a $600 million one-time royalty payment last quarter, suggesting Apple's payment did not exceed that sum.



Those in the industry -- and, in particular, manufacturers of Android-powered devices -- are closely watching the legal spat between Apple and HTC to see what impact it might have on the business. One analyst believes a victory for Apple over HTC could set a high royalty precedent for Android devices, similar to the $5 per unit that Microsoft collects on the sale of HTC Android hardware.



Other Android device makers have publicly backed HTC and criticized Apple's legal action. Last week, Acer accused Apple of inciting a "patent war" and being an instigator. For its part, HTC officials said earlier this month they believe Apple would rather sue than compete "fairly in the market."
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  • Reply 1 of 64
    freerangefreerange Posts: 1,578member
    FK them! No way Apple! Stick it to them and show them that free isn't so free! Google is the new evil.
  • Reply 2 of 64
    jragostajragosta Posts: 10,473member
    In related news, local bank robbers have agreed to settle if the bank pays them a hefty fee and gives them a key to the vault.
  • Reply 3 of 64
    Several other Android vendors just shat their pants...



    [... and HTC, with its S3 Graphics patent win, has really encouraged Apple to scoop up as many patents as possible.]
  • Reply 4 of 64
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by island hermit View Post


    Several other Android vendors just shat their pants...



    At least that's one thing they made themselves.
  • Reply 5 of 64
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    At least that's one thing they made themselves.







    The end-game approaches.
  • Reply 6 of 64
    Made you blink!
  • Reply 7 of 64
    Microsoft says to HTC



    "Hey guys, we've got this really cool operating system that is shit free. No courtroom hassles. People will grow to love it. Just $29.99 each and during the 2 hours of this offer we'll throw in another copy absolutely free along with a set of steak knives!!"
  • Reply 8 of 64
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    At least that's one thing they made themselves.



    ROFL golden!
  • Reply 9 of 64
    this will absolutely set a precedence! NEXT! Samsung, Motorola, Acer, ZTE, etc.



    in other news AAPL is at 403.56 !!!!!
  • Reply 10 of 64
    drdbdrdb Posts: 99member
    "For its part, HTC officials said earlier this month they believe Apple would rather sue than compete "fairly in the market." "



    As opposed to HTC who would rather rip stuff off than compete fairly in the market.
  • Reply 11 of 64
    The only thing HTC can sue for is when they buy up other original companies who happen to have patents that Apple has violated. Way to go HTC, quietly brilliant!
  • Reply 12 of 64
    These 2nd rate copycats aren't even that good at copying Apple!



    Android’s Dirty Secret: Shipping Numbers Are Strong But Returns Are 30-40%



    vs.



    iPhone 4's return rate of 1.7%







    http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/26/and...rns-are-30-40/
  • Reply 13 of 64
    ac88ac88 Posts: 20member
    1. Denial: This is preposterous that anyone would accuse us of stealing patents

    2. Anger: Apple has some nerve to make these claims

    3. Bargaining: We're willing to talk to Apple about this

    4. Depression: Sniff

    5. Acceptance: Mr. Ballmer, there's a collect call for you, will you accept the charges?
  • Reply 14 of 64
    sheffsheff Posts: 1,407member
    "Make no mistake they want to kill the iphone. We won't let them" really comes to mind right now.
  • Reply 15 of 64
    cloudgazercloudgazer Posts: 2,161member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by FriedLobster View Post


    These 2nd rate copycats aren't even that good at copying Apple!



    Android?s Dirty Secret: Shipping Numbers Are Strong But Returns Are 30-40%



    vs.



    iPhone 4's return rate of 1.7%



    http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/26/and...rns-are-30-40/



    That article would be much better if the source wasn't some anonymous 'guy the author knows'. As it is, it's useless.



    Also is there any chance you could possibly abstain from the horrible colours/fonts that you stuff into near every post? It looks kinda windows.
  • Reply 16 of 64
    quinneyquinney Posts: 2,502member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    At least that's one thing they made themselves.



    Yes, very innovative on their pants..... I mean their part.





    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AC88 View Post


    1. Denial: This is preposterous that anyone would accuse us of stealing patents

    2. Anger: Apple has some nerve to make these claims

    3. Bargaining: We're willing to talk to Apple about this

    4. Depression: Sniff

    5. Acceptance: Mr. Ballmer, there's a collect call for you, will you accept the charges?



  • Reply 17 of 64
    yes, we'll be happy to negotiate a settlement, but it will have to wait about 17 years before we can get back to you on that.
  • Reply 18 of 64
    nkalunkalu Posts: 315member
    Negotiate????

    Isn't this what you should have done a long time ago when you knew you had been caught stealing? Instead you went to court, and for public pity. Good a thing nobody fell for your antics.
  • Reply 19 of 64
    This makes sense. Since Apple and HTC both own patents that the other violates, they will likely come to some agreement rather than continue the lawsuits.
  • Reply 20 of 64
    jd_in_sbjd_in_sb Posts: 1,477member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jragosta View Post


    In related news, local bank robbers have agreed to settle if the bank pays them a hefty fee and gives them a key to the vault.



    Great analogy!
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