Samsung Wants To See Apple And HTC’s Patent Deal
Recently we heard that HTC and Apple had agreed a 10 year licensing deal where HTC would pay Apple a fee for each Android device it sells which is rumored to be around $8 per device.
Samsung were quick to say that they would not be entering into a similar deal with Apple, but know it would appear that Samsung wants to see the agreement between HTC and Apple and have filed a motion with the courts in the US in an attempt to get their hands on the documents.
Samsung is looking to find out what patents are included in the deal, and whether these patents are the same ones that Samsung was found of infringing by a US court, and subsequently ordered to pay Apple damages of $1 billion.
The reason that Samsung want to find out if these are the same patents that Apple sued them for is because Apple said they did not want to license those specific patents to anyone in the trial between Samsung and Apple.
If it is found that Apple has licensed these patents to HTC, but refused to license them to Samsung, then Samsung could possibly have a case for appeal against the $1 billion judgement.