As you know, HTC and Apple have just recently decided to settle on their patent disputes by coming to a cross-licensing agreement. Since then, there has been a lot of guessing and speculation as to what the exact details are of this agreement. One analyst thinks that HTC will be paying Apple a good $6-8 per phone they sell. Granted, that is an estimated number. Regardless, that would be a huge surprise considering the results of HTC’s Q3 reports and their estimations that Q4 would be worse. I doubt HTC would put themselves in the dumpster anymore than they already are.
HTC Peter Chou made an appearance in Tokyo and made sure to make it clear that this $6-8 fee they would be paying Apple wasn’t true at all. According to a report from Reuters, Chou said that the figure was “outrageous,” and later said that he was “happy” how they worked out the settlement with Apple. Not only that, but Chou also mentioned that this was a good settlement with a good ending:
“I think that these estimates are baseless and very, very wrong. It is a outrageous number, but I’m not going to comment anything on a specific number. I believe we have a very, very happy settlement and a good ending.”
Based off of Apple’s patent lawsuits, it’s quite surprising that Chou is happy with how the agreement was settled. Regardless, it’s good to hear that some of these crazy patent battles have come to an end.
Details of HTC and Apple’s settlement still aren’t available to the public, and neither is the cross-licensing agreement. On the other hand, Samsung, who has been going back and forth with Apple for some time now, is working hard to reveal what the details of the agreement(s) involved. Based off of what Chou said, I’d assume that there would be some money involved, but not as much as $6-8 per phone they sell. Of course, there has to be some sort of money headed towards Apple. How would they pay for all of their lawsuits then?
On HTC’s side of things, there has only been one official comment about the specifics agreement (aside from Chou’s own comment). That official comment also implies that there is indeed some money involved in the agreement. The company has said that they are not expecting it to have any “adverse material impact” on the company’s current financial situation. Which is a good thing, especially with things looking a bit brighter for HTC with their new Droid DNA smartphone.
Hopefully Samsung will be successful in trying to get the exact details of what the agreement had involved. Surely they would want to look at for their own lawsuits with Apple. There’s also no doubt that they would want to stir the hornets nest by Android fans blowing up in outrage about the agreement.
We’ll just have to see how successful Samsung is in their ventures of searching for details when news becomes available. If we see anything, we’ll make sure to keep you informed!
Do you have any guesses as to what the HTC and Apple settlement involved? I’m personally thinking that HTC would be giving them $2 per smartphone they sell. Since this was a cross-licensing deal, surely HTC wouldn’t be paying that much with Apple have the right to use their patents in the agreement as well.
source: Android Central