Apple and HTC ordered by Judge Koh to reveal which patents are covered by their agreement

Apple and HTC ordered by Judge Koh to reveal which patents are covered by their agreement
Judge Lucy Koh is back in the news two days before she is set to overhear post-trial motions made by Apple and Samsung related to their first patent trial. On Tuesday, Koh ordered both Apple and HTC to reveal which patents are involved in the stunning ten-year licensing agreement that both parties agreed to last month. Just two weeks ago, another judge mentioned by us quite often, Judge Peter Grewal, ruled that Apple's attorney's must hand over to Samsung's legal team, an unredacted copy of the agreement.

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.

source: CNET

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