HTC Settles Apple iPhone and iPad Patent Battle

The legal battle between Apple and Samsung has been well publicized, but Apple has been engaged in other lawsuits as well, including one against HTC that began almost three years ago.

Back in March of 2010, Apple sued HTC over 10 user interface patents. HTC was found guilty of violating one of those patents, related to the way that URLs and phone numbers are converted to links in emails and text messages.

Today, Apple and HTC announced that they have settled their legal differences, leading to the dismissal of all current lawsuits and the implementation of a ten-year license agreement.

It goes without saying that HTC clearly paid Apple a hefty sum for the use of its patents, but the cost was undoubtedly less than the billion dollars that Samsung currently owes Apple for patent violations.

While there’s no mention of how much money HTC had to fork over, both companies are relieved that the legal battles have come to an end.

“HTC is pleased to have resolved its dispute with Apple, so HTC can focus on innovation instead of litigation,” said Peter Chou, HTC’s CEO.

“We are glad to have reached a settlement with HTC. We will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.

Apple still has ongoing litigation against both Samsung and Motorola Mobility, and those patent infringement claims have yet to be resolved.

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