Apple And HTC Agree To 10 Year License Agreement
Now, Apple and HTC have reached a global settlement that includes the dismissal of all current lawsuits and a ten-year license agreement. The license extends to current and future patents held by both parties, but the specific terms are being kept under wraps. “HTC is pleased to have resolved its dispute with Apple, so HTC can focus on innovation instead of litigation,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC. “We are glad to have reached a settlement with HTC,” said Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. “We will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation.”
It's also worth suggesting that this may have something to do with HTC's future as a phone maker. While the company has produced amazing Android handsets, it's clear that Samsung is ruling the roost. However, HTC has been producing some pretty amazing Windows Phone handsets of late. It's possible that HTC has admitted that Windows Phone is the OS it's resting its future on, not Android, and that may have opened a window for Apple to relent a little. Guess we'll see in time, but either way, HTC's in a much better legal place when it comes to Apple than folks like Google, Motorola and Samsung.