Apple and HTC recently gave each other a big hug, inking a licensing deal that’s set to keep both parties happy – touch wood – for 10 years. The finer details of the settlement remain a mystery, though HTC’s Peter Chou recently dismissed the suggestion of $8 per handset as “outrageous” and “very, very wrong”.
It could be a while before we find out for sure (fingers crossed for an “anonymous leak”), but in the meantime Samsung’s legal team will get a cheeky peek.
Samsung’s request to peruse the fine print in the Apple/HTC agreement has been granted by US Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal, he who’s overseeing the next stateside Apple/Samsung trial.
The South Koreans argue that the figure is pivotal; if Apple is willing to accept $X in licensing, it stands to reason that ordering a massive payout from Samsung and an injunction would in fact be excessive.
HTC is concerned about the “risk… from disclosure”, but Judge Grewal has approved Samsung’s request – subject to an “Attorneys-Eyes-Only designation”.
The chances of a pre-trial settlement are looking increasingly unlikely, as the courtroom ball is set to get rolling on December 6, while Samsung has declared it has “no intention” of settling with Apple. Sigh.
In other Apple/Samsung news, JK Shin has echoed the recent claim that Apple “could not have sold a single iPhone without the benefit of Samsung‘s patented technology.”
Shin tells The Korea Times: “The truth never lies. Without Samsung-owned wireless patents, it’s impossible for the Cupertino-based Apple to produce its handsets. As you know, Samsung is very strong in terms of portfolios of wireless patents.”
Sigh. Will this ever end?
via: The Verge