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Apple (AAPL) and HTC have put an end to their patent fight, signing a 10-year cross-licensing...

Apple (AAPL) and HTC have put an end to their patent fight, signing a 10-year cross-licensing deal that addresses existing and future patents, and which includes the dismissal of all litigation. Terms are confidential, and it's not clear if certain types of patents are left out. Apple recently demanded very high royalties from Samsung for just a small number of patents. Did it have a change of heart, or was HTC desperate to settle at any cost? Either way, Samsung and others might now face more pressure to cut a deal.
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  • OldWarrior
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    Could this be the beginning of many similar settlements?
    10 Nov 2012, 09:42 PM Reply Like
  • dab3z
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    I hope so. I think it benefits all involved.
    11 Nov 2012, 08:15 AM Reply Like
  • rickraphael
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    This is the 15th settlement that makers of Android devices have been forced to enter in to. Most have been with Microsoft, but there will be many more with Apple:
    http://bit.ly/Z8WrXS
    11 Nov 2012, 09:26 AM Reply Like
  • TruffelPig
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    How much will Samsung pay? Next in line ;P.
    10 Nov 2012, 09:53 PM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    samsung will fight it. They have more trump cards against AAPL than HTC does. HTC is a wannabe player in android. Samsung captures the high-end and is also an important component supplier/manufacturer for AAPL
    10 Nov 2012, 10:17 PM Reply Like
  • Camden
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    Trump cards?
    11 Nov 2012, 02:24 AM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    Correct. Do you think AAPL really wanted to switch to Sharp for its tablet/phone screen supply? Do you know what happened earlier this year when they tried using Sharp for the retina display? Do you know who manufacturers the processor in the new Ipad mini and the IPad 2?
    11 Nov 2012, 07:25 AM Reply Like
  • rocback
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    chochop, are you still here? get a life.
    11 Nov 2012, 04:50 PM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    http://vrge.co/ScCaul

     

    Samsung could use some of that money from the U.K. judgment. :P
    11 Nov 2012, 05:13 PM Reply Like
  • galaxy travels inc.
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    if you can't beat em join em maybe applies here......
    10 Nov 2012, 11:17 PM Reply Like
  • HummingB
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    This is the way to go. Fighting each other in the ring is no good to any body, including.consumers.
    10 Nov 2012, 11:40 PM Reply Like
  • king j 007
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    I just need apple to trade at 700 again please. Thanks
    11 Nov 2012, 01:00 AM Reply Like
  • Camden
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    Regardless of future actions with Samsmung this is a positive for Apple from a financial; brand image; and legal perspective. Very good news for Apple shareholders.
    11 Nov 2012, 02:22 AM Reply Like
  • EJC1645
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    Cooler heads prevail. A business like approach to problem
    solution beats a vindictive approach every time. Just the savings
    in legal fees makes it worthwhile.
    11 Nov 2012, 05:25 AM Reply Like
  • Dean Scarpinato
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    It would be nice to put all this high cost petty crap behind us and get back to innovating.
    11 Nov 2012, 08:09 AM Reply Like
  • TruffelPig
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    Stealing isn't petty crap. If they steal your innovations they are stealing shareholder money. Steve Jobs was right going after them and AAPL still continues.
    11 Nov 2012, 08:10 AM Reply Like
  • galaxy travels inc.
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    without patent protection........We lock up our valuables behind padlocked doors and then let the theives run the streets freely in the dark hours........
    11 Nov 2012, 11:13 AM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    http://vrge.co/Q6GQa7

     

    That's probably what VirnetX thinks too.
    11 Nov 2012, 05:14 PM Reply Like
  • ristde12
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    I was not aware that Samsung was a supplier and manufacturer forApple, can someone explain?
    11 Nov 2012, 06:50 PM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    Samsung chip foundries were making the processors for Apple to the design specs provided by Apple. Samsung also provided screens and several other internal components.

     

    http://seekingalpha.co...

     

    I cover quite a few component makers in that article. It is more cost effective to source components from companies set-up to make certain parts. I also list the range of prices for components. Basically, if smartphone sales overall continue to grow, then many of these companies will do quite well. Since that article, several companies who picked up recent Apple contracts look set to do slightly better in the future.
    11 Nov 2012, 07:22 PM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    They supply a lot of important components to AAPL including chips, processors and screens.

     

    And AAPL can't see to break away from them completely, no matter how hard they try.

     

    In fact, it seems Samung may have some leverage here, considering this recent turn of events:

     

    http://on.mktw.net/XxWAF3
    12 Nov 2012, 10:16 AM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    Samsung indeed has leverage now, with the Galaxy 3 providing huge income. Of note is how hard Apple has pressed it's suppliers in the past, now Samsung can push back. Unless Apple and Intel can get together, who besides Samsung can make enough chips to keep up with Apple's needs. IMO, Only Intel.
    12 Nov 2012, 08:29 PM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    I don't know if Intel is set up to make those kinds of chips...
    12 Nov 2012, 08:59 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    We'll soon find out, Apple isn't going to take a 20% pop on their main chips laying down. INTC and Apple have already worked together before on macbook chips. Could be some licensing issues if INTC has to make ARM based chips, but I think Apple has that covered by their own patents.
    Imagine for a minute if INTC and AAPL join together with their huge pockets. Intel has a lot of Fabs that will be open to new projects as PC markets drop, and is still the 800 lb Gorilla of chip production.
    13 Nov 2012, 07:55 PM Reply Like
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