HTC And Apple Settle

11 November 2012

Apple:

HTC and Apple® have reached a global settlement that includes the dismissal of all current lawsuits and a ten-year license agreement. The license extends to current and future patents held by both parties. The terms of the settlement are confidential.

At D10, Cook said patents were a massive pain and said they would rather not be embroiled in litigation. After that conference, rather hypocritically, the Samsung-Apple trial subsumed the world and everyone forgot these comments. I wondered whether Cook was just spewing empty words, but the HTC settlement, thankfully, suggests otherwise.