HTC Wants to Negotiate Patents with Apple

HTC wants to negotiate with Apple over the companies’ patent disputes, HTC’s chief financial offer Winston Yung told Bloomberg.

Yung said his company is “open to having discussions” with Apple over its ongoing ITC complaints that began in March 2010 and had a recent ruling saying that HTC did indeed violate two Apple patents.

“HTC will vigorously fight these two remaining patents through an appeal before the ITC commissioners who make the final decision,” Grace Lei, general counsel for HTC, said at the time. “This is only one step of many in these legal proceedings.”

What’s likely to happen is a trade of sorts among patent licensing.

Apple was recently found to have been in violation of two patents owned by S3 Graphics. Mere days after that ruling, HTC purchased S3 Graphics for $300 million. Since all four patents are vital to each other’s operations and devices, a licensing deal covering all four seems very feasible.

“We are open to all sorts of solutions, as long as the solution and the terms are fair and reasonable,” Yung told Bloomberg.

On a related note, the HTC patent violations have given many pose over the trouble they could mean for all Android devices since they are at the heart of operations. If HTC can get approval for these patents it may be one of the few to secure a defense against any Android woes.

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