November 11, 2012

HTC's Fall From Grace

Joe Mullin, Ars Technica

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In a surprise weekend announcement, Apple and HTC report that they have ended all their patent disputes. The financial terms are confidential, but HTC has been on the losing end of the legal action, so it's hard to believe the Taiwanese company didn't pay something to Apple.

The Apple-HTC battle has been going on since 2010, and it hasn't been going well for HTC, at all. HTC lost a case to Apple in late 2011 at the International Trade Commission, although it quickly worked around Apple's win on what it called a minor user-interface patent. HTC's own trade commission case against Apple phones failed. Despite those setbacks, less than three months ago, HTC was assuring reporters that it intended to keep fighting Apple.

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