On Sunday HTC and Apple both put their issues a side and ended their patent battle. Apple has agreed to a 10-year licensing deal with HTC. This is the first time Apple has licensed a patent deal with any Google Android manufacture.
On Sunday morning in Taiwan, HTC and Apple announced a “global settlement that includes the dismissal of all current lawsuits”.
Terms of the deal, which included current and future patents held by both companies, were not disclosed, but mean that both companies are spared the threat of products being barred from sale as disputes work through the courts.
Industry analysts say the move will allow Apple to concentrate its legal and competitive efforts against Samsung, which it accuses of infringing many aspects of the iPhone’s designs in a range of cases around the world.