Home » Spotlight, Technology

Is Apple’s HTC Deal A Threat To Samsung And Google?

Submitted by on November 12, 2012 – 11:02 amNo Comment

Earlier this week, Apple surprised the tech world by reaching a 10-year licensing agreement in its patent lawsuit battle with Taiwanese manufacturer HTC. While many saw this as a sign that the tech giant is tiring of patent warfare, at least one expect says it is an indication that Apple is digging in.

Writing for TechCrunch, Ansel Halliburton, a lawyer “specializing in intellectual property litigation and entrepreneurship,” says that this agreement will give Apple more leverage in its negotiations with Samsung and Google. He bases his perspective mainly on the assumption that the HTC deal (which had unknown, private terms) was an uneven victory for Apple:

Because of the sheer number of patents Apple holds (many thousands), as well as the company’s perceived strength after a string of big wins, such as the billion-dollar jury verdict against Samsung and a recent win at the U.S. International Trade Commission, Apple was clearly in the dominant negotiation position. HTC, on the other hand, had comparatively little to bring to the table, with fewer than 300 U.S. patents and slipping market share. That almost certainly means this deal was not a pure license-for-license deal. Instead, HTC must have agreed to pay Apple a royalty on every Android device it sells.

 Halliburton also guesses that HTC, which is already paying similar royalties to Microsoft, might drop Android altogether. He extrapolates further that eventually, Microsoft and Apple will make business just to0 expensive for anyone producing Android phones.
But Apple doesn’t always win. This week, they struck a deal with the Swiss government over the use of a new iOS clock design that is almost identical to the iconic Swiss federal railway clock. Though the deal is secret, sources say it cost Apple over $20 million dollars. While this is a minor expense for such a profitable company, it might show that they do not have limitless patience for litigation.
What do you think? Is the HTC deal a sign that Apple is serious about fighting its remaining competitors?
Related Posts with Thumbnails

Leave a comment!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS. Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

We want to keep in touch with you. If you give us your email address, you may receive marketing emails from the DJ Networks family. We hope that's cool.

You can use these tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

This is a Gravatar-enabled weblog. To get your own globally-recognized-avatar, please register at Gravatar.