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Agreement between Apple and HTC sees the light of day, most of it anyway

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Agreement between Apple and HTC sees the light of day, most of it anyway
As ordered by Judge Lucy Koh, a heavily redacted copy of the agreement between Apple and HTC was filed with the court by Samsung.

Just after getting about five pages into the document, the black marker gets put to good use, where the “Covered Products” outlined in 1.12 remain a secret. The definition of terms regarding “HTC Android Mobile Communication Devices,” “HTC Android Mobile OS,” and “Mobile Communication Devices” are also removed from our curious eyes. Part 1.21 is redacted in its entirety, without so much as an idea what it might be about.

As expected, the provisions for payments between the two companies have been redacted. However, the framework between the two companies, as established in section 6.3 and 6.4 show all the money going one way, HTC to Apple. Moreover, Apple reserves the right to tank the agreement with 30 days notice if it is found that HTC has not paid what was agreed to under the terms. HTC can terminate the agreement if Apple asserts any claims against HTC or its customers related to the products, services or patents covered in the agreement.

Outside of that, it looks like, and is, a really long legal agreement between companies. Samsung is expected to use the general terms of the agreement, the patents covered and other provisions, to back its argument that an injunction against its products is not necessary.  You can see the agreement (most of it) below.

source: AllThingsD (1, 2)

Apple-HTC Settlement (Redacted)

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posted on 05 Dec 2012, 23:42 6

1. Piyush91 (unregistered)

i have literally lost track of these lawsuits...

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 00:27 1

4. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

It's smartphone court drama

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 23:58 4

2. gazmatic (Posts: 795; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

Unlike nokia's selling out to microsoft, htc's deal with the devil is costing them money. We all know that Elop wanted to short nokia's stock so that microsoft could buy it on the cheap but the lumia range is selling to well for that now. Htc however was on the verge of winning a lte battle with apple but now has to pay apple??? Plus this only means that apple can now easily implement android features in ios 7. Did htc expect to be bought out by apple? Too bad. Apple stock is plunging fast. Too much top quality samsung and nokia phones. Not to mention very good sony, lg, moto, lenovo and huiwei. Sorry htc. I'll never buy your product now. I'll just watch as your stocks plung too. Hopefully you get acquired by samsung and not apple.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 10:53 1

12. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

The agreement was a cross licensing agreement...

You do understand that winning one battle in a war doesn't conclude the outcome of a war. There's so many patents involved, LTE is just a part of it.

I don't support this action of HTC, but I do see that this is perhaps better for them. With the losing market share and revenue, they can't put up legal battles with Apple. It's better for them to just settle and focus on their product to make it back into the game.

I don't really see anyone winning the war with Apple until Samsung wins, Samsung is the only brand that could actually put up a fight with Apple. Once Samsung wins, other brands could be like "Hey, Samsung didn't infringe, how are we infringing?"

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 00:25 3

3. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

HTC did the right thing and signed a licensing agreement. I don't understand why Samsung cant do the same thing.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 00:36 10

5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

HTC rolled because they didn't have much of an alternative. Sammy has more options. It really is that simple.

Don't be surprised if the judgement that Apple received against Sammy ultimately doesn't stand. I suspect it will be a black day for you, but there is life afterward.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 02:48 1

7. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)

Htc got no spine.. Samsung stood for the industry

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 03:24 2

8. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)

coz samsung had the cash to back it up. htc didnt, its not their fault

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 04:53 2

9. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)

Either way, i still hope that Samsung will fight this thing to the end. I'd still prefer the endless possibilities of Google, Samsung and other OEMs. The best Apple can do is to draw pretty pictures which they can't even manufacture correctly.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 04:48

14. darkskoliro (Posts: 1090; Member since: 07 May 2012)

HTC is just a phone company, they way dont have enough funds for lawsuits. Others like Sony to SS or LG dont only have smartphones and have craploads of revenue so they can afford to do it. Wish they did though, apple patents cant get anymore retarded..

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 18:39

15. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)

HTC still threw whatever funds they have Apple's way.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 19:01

16. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

Less what goes in the attorney's pockets and potential compensations that will definitely be more than the loyalties they have to pay.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 07:31 2

10. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Your mind only sees and hears and reads what it wants to...apparently.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 18:53 1

13. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Because SAmsung is not HTC can't you see that? SAmsung is holding Apple by the balls :)

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 00:41

6. darkskoliro (Posts: 1090; Member since: 07 May 2012)

someone tell me how much HTC is paying apple for this stupid "lawsuit"

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 07:39

11. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

You'd have to be with HTC, apple, or one of their legal teams to know.

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