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Apple and HTC reach 10-year licensing agreement; deal will settle all lawsuits between the two

0. phoneArena posted on 10 Nov 2012, 23:10

Apple and HTC have announced a ten-year licensing deal that settles all lawsuits between the two tech companies and covers all current and future patents; terms of the deal were not disclosed and HTC joins Nokia as having entered into a global licensing agreement with Apple...

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posted on 11 Nov 2012, 07:32 1

38. medicci37 (Posts: 1331; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)

No, actually it would not. At $30 a phone, Apple would get well over a billion dollars in SG3 & Note 2 sales alone.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 11:38

51. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

but i said that apple would be getting around $15 per smartphone/tablet, the price of $30 set by apple was negotiable......
then samsung would have paid $15 each to apple and MS.....

posted on 10 Nov 2012, 23:50 7

5. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)

The only reason Apple was able to reach agreements with Nokia and HTC is that the two companies combined pose no threat to Apple.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 04:33

29. babyk (Posts: 323; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

what you are saying right there don't make any sense. What you should say is that Apple wants the World to know that Android Is using their stuff to innovate

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 08:33 3

43. tedkord (Posts: 13888; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

No, Android is out innovating Apple, and Apple doesn't want the world knowing that.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 07:24

66. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


posted on 10 Nov 2012, 23:56 5

6. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)

I am confident about apple but will htc survive these ten years? Apple haters are gonna say that the 'dark days' have begun- they should know that there is a very popular joke in the tech industry that apple has been going out of business since the past 30 years and so apple haters should know that they are neither the first, nor the last to predict apples end. Apple has always proven all those wrong.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 00:10 3

10. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

justice is being served bro unlike all those years where justice has gone unseen......sorry to tell you but there "dark days" has already begun and will continue until justice has been served ........properly.......does it mean bankruptcy? like some wish? no but it does mean a new face and new beginning! :)

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 01:03 3

20. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4755; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

That may be true, but it doesn't take much for a company to fall. The only reason Apple didn't go under sooner is because Microsoft and Jobs saved it. Jobs is gone and I'd bet money Ballmer would be content to let them die if the opportunity presents itself. But the worst thing they can do is think of themselves as invincible. That can lead to resting on their laurels, which can lead to bankruptcy. Look at a lot of the companies recently that failed to change with the times and are gone or in danger of going under. Like I've said a few times the past week on here, nothing lasts forever.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 02:58 2

26. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

True but believe it or not the world could "use" apple for good things.....So instead of wanting to see them fall completely to bankruptcy how about seeing a new attitude from them? a new face? one that will help competition grow instead fighting in the court room for a change?.......................But if it takes them to fall completely for them to, WAKE THE HELL UP!..... then so be it..... but one thing is for sure we will see them suffer some things.... so lets enjoy the ride ;)

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 08:34 2

44. tedkord (Posts: 13888; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Apple would be out of business today if Microsoft hadn't bailed them out. That is a fact.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 00:01 3

7. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Wow.....some normalcy with a patent case? I'm speechless. Well, hopefully thats one less patent case we have to read about.

Kronic.....once upon a time it almost happened...when Apple fired Jobs and MS lent a helping hand. That joke almost became reality. To be honest....Apple shouldnt be as arrogant as they are. If anything, they should be more humble.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 00:11 3

11. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

humble is what they will be "made" to be...

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 00:06 6

9. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Apple survived this long for two important reasons: Bill Gate's generosity and Steve Jobs' genius. Apple faces a Jobs-less future and nobody will be taking pity on them again if they hit a rough patch. Of course Apple will be around in 10 years, but at what capacity? (That was obviously rhetorical. Nobody knows in the slightest where Apple will be. They could be ten times as influential as they are now, or they could be the Blackberry/Nokia/Palm of the day.)

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 00:28

14. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

patents can make companies recover from bad times, for example, look at MS, they were late to the phone and tablet industry but they have made a lot of money from android devices that infringed MS's patents and the money that they have made through these devices was more than what google made through the same devices.....samsung pays $15 to MS for each smartphone
companies like apple, MS can use their patents like a life insurance, to survive through bad times or to maintain their profits.....MS has already done that, Apple may do the same thing......

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 00:56 3

16. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

they'll be ok (apple)......they just need to lose some of that pride and arrogance! :)

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 01:01

18. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


posted on 11 Nov 2012, 00:21 7

13. frydaexiii (Posts: 1475; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

Meh, HTC's going downhill and so is Apple recently, of cause they'll come to an agreement...HTC poses no threat to Apple and Apple already has it's hands full with Samsung...

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 00:41 1

15. app_droid_soft (Posts: 42; Member since: 09 Sep 2012)

microsoft had helped apple in 1997 as an agreement to end the lawsuit related to feautures of gui

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 00:57

17. Aeires (unregistered)

My guess is Apple calls off the dogs if HTC lets them use their LTE patents. HTC gets rid of lawsuits and takes Samsung down a notch because they have less ammo to attack Apple with.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 02:21 1

22. ElektronicGeek91 (Posts: 105; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

HTC is no longer a trend setter in my book.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 05:31

31. ogiveyakuza (Posts: 21; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

this is all for Apple so that they can have LTE patent thingy...

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 08:54

46. tedkord (Posts: 13888; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Exactly. Apple were worried about Samsung's LTE patent suit, but rather than deal with Samsung, they'd rather deal with HTC who's not in a position to hurt them.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 05:39 2

32. Peter98 (Posts: 119; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)

This is a great deal! Samsung should do this!

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 07:19 2

37. bojan (Posts: 188; Member since: 06 Oct 2012)

sorry HTC you lose and you lose big many people will not buy your cell phones now. google inc should dismis HTC from Android. HTC is brandless name already dimished. and apple is going down hill no more jailbreaks for iphone 5 this means that millions will stop buying apple iphones and no more apple this is coming soon for apple. soon apple will be there new myspace. apple you own your life to jailbrekers without them you are just like my space your life depends on them

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 08:44 2

45. ktfrank (Posts: 4; Member since: 11 Dec 2010)

Your statement is the most uneducated post I've read in a while. You say no one will buy HTC phones because of an agreement with Apple. Huh??? You do realize that most companies have agreements already in place with each other. Like Apple pays Nokia for each iPhone, and HTC, Samsung, etc pay Microsoft for each Android phone. I'm pretty sure most people that buy an iPhone or and Android phone don't realize that Microsoft and Nokia get paid for that.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 16:04

56. lyndon420 (Posts: 4972; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Indeed. His grammar is horrible, but believe it or not his english is good enough for him to teach it in China. I know someone teaching it there and their printed word is atrocious and down right embarrassing.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 07:43 2

39. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)

Wow, I don't know what to say, I love my EVO and up until this point was a certified HTC fanboy. But I'm sorry, HTC I can't do it, I cannot support a company that bends over for apple. I've lost all respect and will never touch another HTC product again.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 08:56 2

47. tedkord (Posts: 13888; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

How did they bend over? It's a cross licensing agreement. Both sides benefit.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 03:21

63. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 138; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)

Both sides will not benefit. What does Apple have that HTC doesnt already have? Most of HTC innovations are borrowed from other companies, and they can't use that on Apple at all unless the other companies agreed. HTC innovation has fallen since the EVO 3D. And gotten worst by copy catting Apple with the SIM slot and built in battery. And compare their Audio player is better than everyone else, like Apple always do. This is what I have expected since the new EVO LTE came out. At was so alike including the box letter screen. HTC and Apple hand and hand. NO HTC will help Apple develop a phone to push more over seas. So basicly Apple will have more leverage than HTC on this. Unless Apple will release the OS to HTC for their products.

Samsung will not agree with Apple on anything. As the are the key to too many components for Apple and also HTC. No matter where Apple will get their resource from for the chips or screen, Samsung is still in the picture. But now Apple has to go through a third party source and pay more.
It wont be too long Apple stocks will drop some more, since all their products has not change since the Ipod touch.

You see Samsung got more success and more power because they brought as many as they could on chip patents. Most chips are engineered by locals here in the U.S., and all Samsung have to do is knock on the door and offer a check. They can because it only cost them pennies to make any chips or screen.

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