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HTC Ambivalent About Settling with Apple
HTC has admitted to “on and off” discussions with Apple – but apparently not lately or since the ITC’s preliminary decision
By: Maureen O'Gara
Jul. 31, 2011 02:00 PM
HTC told Bloomberg Tuesday it was kinda sorta willing to settle with its bête noire Apple depending on whether the terms were "fair and reasonable."
HTC CFO Winston Yung said, "We have to sit down and figure it out. We're open to having discussions. We are open to all sorts of solutions..."
Then on Wednesday Yung told Reuters that HTC was going to appeal the International Trade Commission's finding that HTC violated two Apple patents (eight claims), a decision that could bar its Android widgets from the US market.
Patent follower Florian Mueller doesn't think HTC has much to bargain with or that its pending acquisition of S3 Graphics is going to buy it much despite the ITC finding its Macs infringed two S3 patents. It's either got to "bring patents to the table that Apple needs," he said, or get ready to ante up.
HTC has admitted to "on and off" discussions with Apple - but apparently not lately or since the ITC's preliminary decision.
Meanwhile, HTC has lost its head of innovation Horace Luke for reasons that aren't clear.
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