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November 19, 2012

Samsung seeks details of Apple’s patent settlement deal with HTC

Apple and HTC have also signed a 10-year licensing agreement that allows the firms to use the existing and future patents held by them

By CBR Staff Writer

South Korea based Samsung Electronics has filed a request with the court seeking Apple to provide it with a copy of its patent settlement deal with HTC that ended the legal battle started in March 2010 between both the firms.

In its filing, the South Korean firm wants to know the about the patents that were included in the agreement as there may be some be related with the ones used in the case between it and the US based iPhone maker.

Samsung’s representative for the case Robert Becher said as revealed, the issue of Apple’s willingness to license its patents was briefed in Samsung’s opposition to Apple’s motion for permanent injunction.

"This license has direct bearing on the question of irreparable harm and whether monetary remedies are adequate," Becher said.

Becher also pointed out that the license could also bring into light on whether Apple included some of its ‘sole’ user experience patents.

Recently, Apple and HTC have also signed a 10-year licensing agreement that allows the firms to use the existing and future patents held by them.

In 2010, Apple alleged that HTC had infringed its patented technology, which has also overwhelmed competitors that include Samsung and Google’s Motorola Mobility.

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In August 2012, Apple has also won $1.051bn in a patent suit against Samsung which was claimed of infringing six of seven Apple’s patents for mobile devices.

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