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Great news! Apple and HTC have put their patent disputes behind them, which means no more annoying legal drama between the two.
Aside from kissing and making up, the two have announced that they have entered a 10-year patent licensing deal. We’re hoping Samsung will follow suit.
Like Samsung and Apple, HTC has had a fair share of legal debacles against the Cupertino firm. However, it looks like the filing of lawsuits between two has now ended. Well, for ten years at least. For the next ten years, the two technology giants have entered into a joint licensing agreement involving all of their current and future patents. Understandably, the two have opted to keep the financial terms of the agreement a secret.
Speaking about the deal, HTC CEO, Peter Chou, briefly said, “HTC is pleased to have resolved its dispute with Apple, so HTC can focus on innovation instead of litigation.”
Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said, “We are glad to have reached a settlement with HTC. We will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation.”
In March of 2010, Apple filed a lawsuit against HTC for infringing on 10 of its patents. In a countersuit two months after, the One X-maker filed a lawsuit against iPhone-maker for patent infringement. It seemed as if Apple gained the upper hand, when HTC was found guilty of infringing two Apple patents in 2011. Apple, however, failed to ban the sale of HTC products in the US.
We’re hoping this will be the same case with other companies. All we want to see is industry giants focusing more on innovating technology instead of spending billions on patent disputes.
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Samsung may have lost to Apple in the US, which resulted in the Korean firm ordered to pay the Cupertino firm over $1 billion in damage for patent infringement. However, it seems this isn’t the same case in Germany. Both Samsung and Motorola have beaten Apple in a German patent war.
The iPhone maker filed a lawsuit in a German court, claiming both the S3 maker and the RAZR maker infringed its “touch events” patents. These are iOS features that respond to touch inputs.
Although the ruling is yet to be announced, patent expert Florian Mueller says that Apple’s claims are too vague to hold up in court. These are also the reasons why Apple lost similar cases in the UK and the Netherlands.
Samsung and Motorola finally have reason to celebrate. They have lost lawsuits after lawsuits.
Last Thursday, a court found Motorola guilty of infringing Microsoft’s patents, which could result in the Redmond firm demanding licensing fees or ban the sale of specific Motorola-made Android devices.
Last month, a jury ordered Samsung to cough out over $1 billion in damages for infringing Apple patents. Back in Wednesday, it was reported that Apple is looking to get more from Samsung, as much as $3 billion.
Although some of you may find Apple to be the big bad wolf, Samsung and Motorola are not victims here. The two have also resorted to using patents in trying to get ahead of the competition.
Motorola has wasted most of the year trying to ban the sale of Microsoft’s gaming console the Xbox 360. Samsung has also filed countless counter-claims against Apple.
Despite Samsung and Motorola winning a victory against Apple in Germany, we’re sure these patent wars are far from over.
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Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, is not at all thrilled with the outcome of the Apple vs. Samsung patent case. Instead of siding with the company that he founded with Steve Jobs, he sided with Samsung.
A US jury has found Samsung guilty of infringing Apple’s patents and has ordered it to pay the Cupertino firm over $1 billion in damages. Google was outraged by the US court’s decision. Samsung is currently fighting the ruling through an appeal. Although Wozniak is a huge part of the founding of Apple, he disagrees with the decision.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Steve said, “I hate it. I don’t think the decision of California will hold. And I don’t agree with it — very small things I don’t really call that innovative. I wish everybody would just agree to exchange all the patents and everybody can build the best forms they want to use everybody’s technologies.”
Samsung has quickly snatched the title as the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. It has knocked Nokia off its perch, which the Finnish firm has held for fourteen years. With Samsung’s sudden rise to fame, many believe that Apple is threatened by the Korean firm’s success.
Apple has recently unveiled the hotly-anticipated iPhone 5. When asked about the new iPhone, Wozniak said, “I am always excited about every iPhone product because there are always good advances. A better quality on the pictures will mean a lot, because when I show people pictures on my iPhone 4 and my Galaxy S III, they always say the Galaxy S III, or even the Motorola Razr, pictures look better.”
According to reports, Wozniak’s current handset is the Galaxy S3. However, the Apple co-founder is considering getting his hands on the iPhone 5, due to its camera technology.
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