Apple and HTC have settled all their outstanding disputes over patents, ending an estimated twenty cases around the world that began in March 2010. The two firms have signed a 10-year licence agreement that will extend to current and future patents held by one other, so maybe now they can concentrate on innovation rather than litigation.
Apple has been embroiled in a series of ‘patent wars’ with numerous, if not most, phone makers and also with arch-rival Google.
HTC’s sales have been in decline since the second half of 2011, despite having become a major global player after aligning itself to Google’s Android platform. The Taiwanese company has recently upgraded its HTC One flagship phone and introduced two new models running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 software.