HTC says it is not paying Apple $6-8 per phone, and court tells Apple to reveal details of Apple-HTC agreement to Samsung

Last week HTC and Apple signed a 10-year cross-licensing agreement allowing them to use each others patented technology. While the official details about the agreement were not released, an analyst estimated HTC would pay Apple $6-$8 per Android device sold. The analyst is wrong, according to HTC’s CEO Peter Chou.

Chou let the world know that HTC would not be paying Apple “outrageous” fees:

I think that these estimates are baseless and very, very wrong. It is an 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.

So how much, if anything, is HTC paying Apple for use of Apple technology (because I doubt Apple is paying HTC anything significant)? Chou does not specify but we may not have to wait long to find out.

You see when Samsung heard about the HTC-Apple agreement, it immediately filed a post-trial motion in court to be able to see the details of that agreement. According to Samsung, the fact that Apple licensed patents it claimed it wouldn’t license means Apple has not been as harmed by Samsung’s infringement as Apple claims and thus the judgement against Samsung, and the impending injunction against its products, should be adjusted accordingly. For this to happen, Samsung wanted to see the agreement. And a judge has agreed.

US Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal has ordered Apple to reveal the details of its agreement with HTC to Samsung. Unfortunately, the judge’s order is for “attorneys’ eyes only” meaning the agreement won’t be made public — only shown to Samsung and its lawyers. Still, once the agreement is out, who knows… it might leak and we will finally found out what is what in the world of Apple and HTC.

[via Ars Technica (1), (2)]

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  1. clockmendergb

    I just wished I had looked more closely at those first two comments (bots).
    I will say its obvious to me now.

    The lessons I have learned out of all this are.
    I still have a few things to learn.
    How right I am about the Quality of the Site and Ashrafs commitment to it.

    Frank
    Yes I am bored .
    I cannot get to my house in France at the moment and its getting cold here.
    That,s why I read all these comments

    But I did not set out to offend you or anybody else and I never will.
    I am glad this has blown over and you are all on good terms

  2. Frank

    Never mind, coyote!
    There also never before has been a bot who deleted comments.

    @Ashraf: If i called him ‘coyote ugly’ despite coyote was that name calling or a compliment*?

    * hope you recall the movie

  3. Coyote

    Wow, those bots did a great job of dragging this off topic, actually I’m impressed, it looks like they have some advanced logic working there. I’ve never seen SPAM that actually replied to comments before. heh.

    But anyways on topic, this is sad. Why is our patent system so reliant on “judges”, we shouldn’t be allowing human decision to effect these at all. A patent should be set in stone, diagrammed to the T. If you sit on a patent and it’s used by a competitor you are given a set time to react, if you don’t then your right to sue is invalid. Patents should expire after the amount of time and research are compensated. And buying “used” patents should be made illegal, once the original owner dies, goes out of business, or it expires its fair use.

  4. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Frank@clockmendergb: I think you two dont realize that the comments by Patrick and Stanley are literally spam; they are spam bots that somehow got past my spam filter.
    @Frank: No cussing or name calling. You can only cussat or call me names, no one else.
    I wont bring down the Hammer on civilized discussion, even if it is offtopic. I will, however, use it for people who verbally abuse others.

  5. clockmendergb

    Frank
    You are right of course.
    I never replied directly to the persons comment and as I was responding to him it could be construed as off topic.
    But you have obviously got my point.
    Bullshit is OK if its not nasty.

    I just love to read all peoples opinions and now getting on topic.

    I see they are not letting anybody else see how they came up with Apples compensation against Samsung.
    especially when a lot of these decisions go against so many of a similar kind in other parts of the world.
    I must say that the fact that Apple (who stole the word Apple) can licence to one company while at the same time restricting access to another certainly opens a new can of worms for them.

    Right I hope I have made amends to you.

    I hope everybody is having a great Thanksgiving weekend.

    Sadly my team is losing but that,s OK

  6. Frank

    Patrick ,Stanley, clockmendergb,

    are you aware your comments are rather SPAM (okay, just bullshit, not helping anyone except you) than /any/ /valuable/ contribution to the topic?

    Frank
    P.S. not that my post was too valuable. But at least it was related to the topic.

  7. clockmendergb

    Stanley
    We are all capable of being and doing brain dead things.
    its the same on a board.
    I am passionate about certain things and that leads me to respond just as you do.
    Sometimes I do not have the words to describe in detail my feelings but I will not let that stop me entering the fray.
    I have been well received in general but I do know I am not the most eloquent writer out there an do occasionally get corrected quite harshly.
    That,s Ok though.
    Because each day I learn something new and I am able to relieve some of my pent up frustrations about things that are obviously being felt in wider circles at the same time.

    I do not mind some of the brain dead responses as long as they are not rude or insulting as It steers me in new directions and helps me think about any given subject in different ways.

    I love Dot Tech.
    It reminds me of the type of boards that were around 10 15 years ago.
    Good honest opinions by good honest people.
    Happy thanksgiving everyone.

  8. Stanley

    I leave a leave a response when I especially enjoy a article
    on a site or I have something to valuable to contribute to the conversation.
    Usually it’s a result of the passion displayed in the post I browsed. And on this post HTC says it is not paying Apple $6-8 per phone, and court tells Apple to reveal details of Apple-HTC agreement to Samsung | Reviews, news, & advice — dotTech. I was actually excited enough to post a thought ;) I do have a few questions for you if you usually do not mind. Could it be simply me or do a few of the remarks come across as if they are coming from brain dead visitors? :-P And, if you are writing on other sites, I’d like to keep up with
    you. Would you list all of your public pages like your twitter
    feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

  9. Patrick

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