Over the past few weeks, a patent dispute had been going on between Apple and HTC. The judge found that HTC had indeed been infringing upon two of Apple’s patents, and initially has ruled in Apple’s favor. Today, Bloomberg reports that HTC is interested in striking a deal with Apple for the patent dispute between the companies. FOSS Patents points out that these two patent infringement could put Android in serious trouble.
We have to sit down and figure it out,Winston Yung, chief financial officer of the Taoyuan, Taiwan-based company, said by phone today. We’re open to having discussions.
HTC on July 6 announced a $300 million deal to buy S3 Graphics Co., less than a week after that company won an ITC ruling against Apple over two patents. In a July 15 initial determination, the same commission ruled in Apple’s favor on two other patents.
We are open to all sorts of solutions, as long as the solution and the terms are fair and reasonable,Yung said. On and off we’ve had discussions with Apple, even before the initial determination came out.
In addition, Bloomberg says that in a separate report the battle between Apple and Google has started to heat up. Apple’s contribution to a consortium of $2.6 billion towards the acquisition of Nortel’s patents outbid Google with a total of $4.5 billion. The report reveals that Google and Apple are both considering bidding for patents from the mobile technology company InterDigital. These patents may cost a 50% premium over its already high sale price.
InterDigital currently holds 8,800 patents related to wireless technology with 15% of them being rumored to being related to mobile phone technologies. Also, some of these patents haven’t been licensed to companies yet. According to analysts, these patents maybe worth more than Nortel’s 4G LTE patents sold to Apple’s consortium.
It will be in interesting to see how all these patents disputes turn out over the next few years. In conclusion, how could a company that claims to be innovating and not stealing be this desperate for patents?