HTC-Apple patent dispute: HTC wants to talk

HTC-Apple patent dispute: HTC wants to talkHTC's legal battle with Apple over patent infringements is a long way from over, but the Taiwanese company says it's happy to negotiate an out-of-court settlement providing the terms are fair.

The US International Trade Commission recently ruled in Apple's favour that HTC had infringed on a pair of patents, but HTC reckons there's still a deal to be done, and is “open to having discussions”.

Apple had originally alleged that HTC had stepped on 10 of its mobile patents, though the verdict of two still represents a serious thorn in HTC's side.

“HTC will vigorously fight these two remaining patents through an appeal before the ITC commissioners who make the final decision,” the company's lawyers said in an initial response. “This is only one step of many in these legal proceedings.”

But with that prospect bringing with it huge legal fees, it's no surprise that HTC's chief financial officer Winston Yung has since said in an interview with Bloomberg that “we are open to all sorts of solutions, as long as the solution and the terms are fair and reasonable”.

Any such solution would surely involve S3 Graphics. In a separate patent ruling, also this month, Apple itself was found to be in violation of a pair of patents owned by the company. At the time S3 Graphics was an independent firm, but days after that ruling it was acquired by HTC for $300 million.

Could we be talking something as simple as two-for-two and call it quits? Would be great if everyone could just get on with making phones...

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