Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 11th Nov 2012 12:48 UTC
Legal Interesting news in the middle of the night: Apple and HTC have announced they've settled all their patent disputes, bringing an end to all running lawsuits between the two companies. The companies signed a ten-year cross-licensing deal. Considering Apple's legal assault on Android hasn't been going particularly well, this really shouldn't come as a surprise.
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RE: A broader view
by segedunum on Sun 11th Nov 2012 15:56 UTC in reply to "A broader view"
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Or HTC could have stopped using the features that Apple deemed to be infringing. I am not saying they should have or that Apple were right in what they did, just that they way you choose to phrase it implies that HTC had only one course of action open to it - counter suing - when it actually had more than one.

No matter what HTC did Apple would have found something that infringed. There is no escape. You see, this isn't about what is infringing but Apple stopping Android by any means possible.

If you think, wrongly and foolishly in my opinion, that the purpose of Apple's legal strategy was to actually stop the manufacture and sale of competing devices then such a strategy would end in failure because it is an impossible goal to seek. Apple know that it is impossible which is why it is not their goal.

I'm afraid it is the only option open to Apple. It happened to them in the PC market. They haven't learned. They can't win out against a competitor who is able to achieve a greater supply.

Apple's aim with it's legal strategy was to establish a reputation and create a new culture around the way other companies viewed 'borrowing' or emulating or mimicking Apple's designs.

There is no evidence for that whatsoever. That might be what they say. What the hard market figures tell us is something quite different.

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