Samsung wins right to view Apple, HTC deal

Samsung wins right to view Apple, HTC deal

Summary: Samsung has won the right to view the terms of Apple and HTC's global licensing agreement after filing a request with a U.S.-based court.

samsung wins court request see htc apple filing terms global patent deal

A U.S. judge has ordered Apple to disclose the details of a global licensing and patent deal with HTC to rival firm Samsung.

The iPad and iPhone maker reached an agreement with Taiwanese handset maker HTC after a drawn-out battle over patent infringement and design claims pulled in a number of tech giants, including HTC, Google's Motorola unit and Samsung in courts worldwide.

The terms of the deal, which includes a 10-year licensing agreement, were not disclosed by either firm -- but HTC CEO Peter Chou did mention that rumored figures which suggested HTC would have to pay Apple between $6 and $8 for every smartphone the company produced was an "outrageous" figure.

In addition, the executive said the Taiwanese firm was "happy" with the terms of the patent settlement.

Samsung filed a court order asking its rival Apple to disclose the terms of the agreement after the deal was made public, and says it is "almost certain" that the HTC deal has relevance to its own continuing court cases with Apple -- and therefore should be privy to the information. The U.S.-based court agreed, and has now ordered Apple to reveal a full copy of the agreement immediately, based on an attorneys-eyes-only status, according to Reuters.

Apple and Samsung are still embroiled within legal battles worldwide over mobile phone patents, although the iPad maker did win a $1.05 billion verdict over Samsung in the United States this year. In addition to a request to see the HTC and Apple deal, Samsung has also filed with a Californian court to add the iPod Touch 5, the new iPad and the iPad mini to the list of devices which allegedly infringe on the firm's patents.

Topics: Mobility, Apple, Samsung, Smartphones

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  • Chuckle

    Did Apple really think they could keep this secret and under wraps?
    It will be interesting to see what eventually leaks to the public.

    and the claims of deliberate leaks ;)
  • Curious

    Wonder how Samsung argued the right to break open a confidential agreement between two other companies. How does it not wrongly give Samsung a competitive advantage it does not deserve in light of its flagrant and legally confirmed theft. See this image to verify that, Just hope Apple buys Google. Before Samsung.
    Steve Nagel
    • Codswhollop

      Mate, I only needed a glance to see the page you refer to above as "flagrant and legally confirmed theft" DOES NOT show any of the early O2 devices and the like which ran Windows CE and were basically large rectangular slabs.

      The only change Apple made was to take away the stylus and make the interface easier. The fact that they were the first to patent a rectangular slab just makes the patent office look stupid for allowing the patent in the first place.

      Oh, and Android Inc. was formed in 2003 aiming to make a handset OS. Way before Apple's 2007 release of the iPhone too.
  • Nothing complicated...

    Apple wanted an outright ban on hardware due to "irreparable harm".

    Showing Apple sold licenses to the contested features shows that Apple does not have "irreparable harm" that cannot be repaired by money.

    It also indirectly shows that Apple lied.
  • Good, no Florian Mueller sourcing

    Florian Mueller is a very poor source of information on this topic. He is wrong quite a bit and yet continues to write elegant anti-Android postings...
  • I would not be surprised if

    apple paid HTC to use its IP.
    The Linux Geek