HTC agreed to pay licensing fees to Apple in the 10-year patent infringement settlement

HTC agreed to pay licensing fees to Apple in the 10-year patent infringement settlement
Despite the speculations that it might be that Apple and HTC have swapped patent payments as a part of the 10-year deal they reached over the weekend, it seems that HTC might be the only one paying up.

Granted, it had some patent cases against Cupertino, but they were mostly counterattacks for a negotiating ground, as it suffered a few setbacks already, with the judges ruling in Apple's favor.

Now Wall Street Journal sources are reporting that HTC has to indeed pay licensing fees to Apple for its patents, not the other way around, and it was the one that approached Cupertino for a settlement after the court strategy to countersue didn't pan out. 

It is not disclosed how much HTC should be paying Apple in the next decade, but the feeling in the Taiwanese headquarters has been one of relief nonetheless, the source confirmed, since the handset maker could finally put the constant legal threat behind it, and focus on its restructuring, necessary as its smartphone market share fell from 10% to the current 4% in the span of just a year.

source: WSJ

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14 Comments

1. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

HTC makes a deal with the Devil!

2. wendygarett unregistered

HTC is the devil one who love being a copycat, not Apple zzz

5. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I'm sorry but what has HTC copied from anyone lately besides their own design from the past few years?

7. picka_vi_materina

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Does the Nokia N9 shell ring a bell in the 8X?

8. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

is that really the best you got for HTC to earn the title "copycat"???

12. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

hey dont troll on my post TROLL! From what universe are you....AppleVerse???!!! HTC's phones are the most unique in design and build quality and HTC was making phones when Apple was making Apple pies :)

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

It depends on how much HTC has to pay Apple per handset. They are already paying MS $10 or $15 per handset. Another $10 or $15 to Apple would give them certainty and allow HTC to concentrate on making superior toys.

10. Hemlocke unregistered

Agreed, and they need to get on with that.

13. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

HTC is one of the best in my opinion and with superior hardware available Sense doesn't pose a problem like it used to....but waht HTC needs ia a bigger....much bigger battery!

4. MeoCao unregistered

shame on you HTC, loser

9. Peter98

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

They admit it. At least. But what did Samsung did?

11. tedkord

Posts: 17043; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Samsung made superior devices that the people wanted and zoomed past Apple to become the biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world. HTC admitted nothing. The simply caved to the bully before legal fees put them out if business.

14. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Correction: Samsung made devices and did whatever they wanted...got taken to the cleaners are paying dearly for the mess they created by cutting their software and design too close to apples.

6. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Apple's portfolio is bigger than HTC's...still HTC will pay less money than they are paying to the lawyers for endless lawsuits...

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