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Samsung want the skinny on the Apple, HTC settlement, and they want it now

Samsung asks a court to force Apple to provide them with a copy of the deal they struck with HTC.

Published Sun, Nov 18 2012 9:37 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:26 PM CST

Apple and Samsung have been at each others throats for what feels like years now, and if you didn't hear, just recently Apple settled with HTC over patents - and now Samsung want the details of this settlement.

Samsung want the skinny on the Apple, HTC settlement, and they want it now |

On Friday, the South Korean device maker asked a court to force Apple to provide them with a copy of the HTC deal, where they argued that the deal most likely covers some of the patents covered in their own case against Apple. Samsung wrote in their filing with the court:

As you know, the issue of Apple's willingness to license its patents was briefed in Samsung's opposition to Apple's motion for permanent injunction. This license has direct bearing on the question of irreparable harm and whether monetary remedies are adequate.

Samsung already know of at least two patents that Apple used against HTC in their legal battle, and these two patents were also used against Samsung. The company wants to know whether they were Apple's top tier patents, you know, the ones that Apple stated in court they were unwilling to license, especially to competitors. During the testimony of the Apple vs Samsung trial, Apple's Director of Patent Licensing and Strategy, Boris Teksler, said:

These patents are Apple's unique user experience intellectual property. They're the ones that make our brand identity and keep competitive us in the marketplace.

This would mean that if Apple did in fact license those patents to HTC, they have have inadvertently given Samsung more ammo to combat Apple's request for a permanent ban on US sales for some of their products. You go, Samsung!


Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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