News by Andrew Kameka on Monday November 12, 2012.
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Apple and HTC announced over the weekend that the two companies have reached a cross-licensing agreement that will put an end to their ongoing patent-related lawsuits. The terms of the settlement are confidential, according to the joint announcement issued by the two companies, but it permits Apple and HTC to use each other's mobile technology.
The two companies have been involved in a series of lawsuits since 2010 when Apple filed a complaint with the ITC alleging that HTC's Android products infringe on its intellectual property. Apple and HTC have since filed lawsuits and countersuits in several countries, and Apple filed another ITC complaint in June that delayed the release of the HTC EVO 4G LTE and HTC One X. The two sides have reached a settlement that will put an end to the courtroom battles.
HTC CEO Peter Chou and Apple CEO Tim Cook released the following statements concerning the agreement:
"HTC is pleased to have resolved its dispute with Apple, so HTC can focus on innovation instead of litigation,"
- Peter Chou, CEO of HTC.
"We are glad to have reached a settlement with HTC. We will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation."
- Tim Cook, CEO of Apple
It's no surprise that both CEO's mention the desire to focus on innovation rather than litigation. The past two years have seen widespread advancements in smartphone technology, but Apple and HTC - along with Microsoft, Motorola, and Samsung - have also had to divert focus from those efforts to deal with patent disputes. Some software features have had to be modified to avoid litigation, and several lawsuits, which show no signs of ending between Apple and other Android manufacturers, are a drain on resources. Apple and HTC have agreed that it's easier to reach a financial settlement and compete in front of consumers rather than judges.source: HTC and Apple
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.