Apple and HTC ordered by Judge Koh to reveal which patents are covered by their agreement
posted by Alan F. / Dec 04, 2012, 7:44 PM
Judge Koh did say that information like royalty rates agreed to and device pricing will remain sealed for competitive reasons. Meanwhile, the judge said that other information in the pact will not cause competitive harm if released. Therefore, we expect to see Taiwan based HTC and Cupertino based Apple to reveal which patents are covered in the agreement.
Samsung had wanted to see if some of the patents covered in the agreement were part of its lawsuit with Apple, including the '381 and '915 patents which deal with the rubber band "bounce back" effect and zooming and scrolling respectively. Samsung might have wanted to see if Apple's rarely licensed "user experience" patents was included in the deal with HTC. Apple has referred to these patents as their "untouchables" since they are usually not licensed to other companies.
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"Apple has referred to these patents as their "untouchables" since they are usually not licensed to other companies" Sorry, APPLE, not this time.
posted on Dec 04, 2012, 7:48 PM 12
I said it before, Samsung should just sign a license agreement and make it easier on themselves.
posted on Dec 04, 2012, 7:51 PM 1
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blame apple and their closed system....they want to patent and own EVERYTHING.....even the market
posted on Dec 04, 2012, 7:54 PM 12
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Yeah of course and then Samsung customers are to pay Apple indirectly for rubber band effects, green icons, rounds and squares. Someone must face Apple and stop them and Samsung is the only company in Android camp that can.
posted on Dec 04, 2012, 10:38 PM 0
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I'm sure that if and when Apple offers serious and fair agreement, Samsung will sign. But as long as Apple's stance is, "We get $20 power device for shapes, colors and patterns, and you get $0.001 power device for the actual tech that a phone won't work without, then no, there can't be a deal.
posted on Dec 05, 2012, 3:25 AM 0
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Sh&t is about to get real... Im really interested in reading this agreement and I think samsung is smart to enquire about this deal that all of the suddden took place a few weeks ago. Caught me by surprise to be honest...I never thought HTC would sleep with Apple.
posted on Dec 04, 2012, 8:17 PM 3
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