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Apple and HTC call time on patent spat

Apple and HTC call time on patent spat

HTC and Apple have ended their long-running legal wrangle, after the rival phone-makers agreed on a licensing deal to allow them to use each others’ patented technology in their handsets.

In a rare instance of détente in a smartphone sector littered with patent battles in recent years, HTC has inked a ten-year agreement that will see it pay Apple a fee of between £3.15 and £12.50 for each handset it sells that runs Android.

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Apple, meanwhile, will pay an undisclosed sum for HTC-pioneered technology that is used in the iPhone, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.

Peter Chou, Chief Executive at HTC, said: "HTC is pleased to have resolved its dispute with Apple, so HTC can focus on innovation instead of litigation.”

The agreement brings to an end a courtroom battle that began back in March 2010 and has previously resulted in the temporary, but potentially ruinous bans on the import of HTC smartphones to the US.

It is thought that Apple’s willingness to suspend its legal action is in part due to the fact that HTC’s falling sales mean it is less of a threat than Samsung, with whom Apple is also embroiled in a dispute over patents.

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