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How Apple beat Android the Tim Cook way

February 3rd, 2015

Rather than tumultuously and publicly raging against Android device makers and committing major resources to a thermonuclear war against Google and its Android partners (which is how Steve Jobs did it while at the helm of Apple), Tim Cook decided to take a different, sneakier approach to defeating Android. A new Forbes article says that Cook …

Apple HTC Patent Agreement Clause

Apple, HTC patent agreement will be voided if either company gets bought out

November 21st, 2012

The patent agreement Apple and HTC signed last week contains a special clause that will invalidate the deal if either company is acquired by another firm. The agreement prevents another company, such as Samsung (005930), from purchasing HTC (2498) to end its own patent battle with the iPhone maker, Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents reports.

Apple HTC Patent Settlement 2012

Apple and HTC find patent peace

November 12th, 2012

Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (005930) may never settle their patent disputes, but those who have argued that Apple is completely unwilling to negotiate in its various patent battles with Android vendors have some backtracking to do. Apple and struggling Taiwan-based smartphone maker HTC (2498) jointly announced on Saturday that they have reached an agreement that …

Apple HTC Patent Settlement

Apple licenses HTC hardware and software, but says design patents are off-limits

December 6th, 2012

Apple (AAPL) is willing to share its hardware and software with rivals, but the company’s unique designs are apparently off-limits. As TmoNews notes, Apple’s patent litigation settlement with HTC (2498) includes patents for hardware and software but excludes any patents for design or trade dress. Or as TmoNews puts it, Apple has steadfastly refused to license …

Apple accuses HTC of dodging ITC injunction and misleading U.S. Customs officials

June 26th, 2012

Apple’s lengthy patent litigation paid off last month after the International Trade Commission delayed the launches of HTC’s flagship One X and EVO 4G LTE smartphones. The Taiwanese manufacturer in December was found to have infringed upon Apple’s patent that covered a “system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data,” …

HTC to beat Apple patent predicament with custom Android builds

May 17th, 2012

HTC is in a tough spot as two of its new flagship smartphones — smartphones it desperately needs to make available in the United States as it attempts to mount a comeback — are currently held up in Customs due to a patent spat with Apple. The Taiwan-based vendor issued a statement earlier this week claiming that …

HTC can’t sue Apple with patents it doesn’t own, judge says

June 11th, 2012

Administrative Law Judge Thomas Pender has told HTC that it can’t actually sue Apple using patents owned by another company. Per Florian Mueller at FOSS Patents, it seems that HTC had paid Google some cash to temporarily borrow intellectual property that the company then used as a counterattack against Apple, which has been the leading …

Apple reportedly burned $100 million on patent spat with HTC

January 23rd, 2012

Apple is said to have spent as much as $100 million on its first round of legal battles with HTC, and the company has precious little to show for it. Newsweek’s well-sourced Dan Lyons cited “a rumor going around among the lawyers” in reporting the staggering figure on his personal blog, and he noted that Apple’s …

ITC to review decision in HTC vs. Apple patent spat

December 19th, 2011

The United States International Trade Commission recently said that it would review a judge’s decision from earlier this year, which cleared Apple of violating four HTC patents. An ITC judge ruled in October that Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch did not violate HTC-owned patents related to phone dialing and power management. The ITC announcement came just …