HTC Peter Chou says media reports on the Apple patent deal fees are "baseless"
HTC chief Peter Chou is in Tokyo today to unveil the J Butterfly monster of a handset (think the Droid DNA, but with microSD slot), and he had some not very kind words to say on the Apple-HTC patent deal reporting.
Answering a reporter question about the terms of the deal, which some analysts pegged at $6-$8 per HTC handset going to Apple for patent licence fees, Peter Chou called those claims "baseless".
The reporting that ensued after HTC signed off on the deal is according to him "outrageous" in terms of the amount of money changing hands estimates that analysts concocted and the media parroted. He said HTC is very comfortable with the licensing fees that Apple demanded, so the hint is that the fees are not as much as many publications were inferring when the news broke.
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