HTC says it’s willing to negotiate a deal with Apple. Both HTC and Apple recently won victories in International Trade Commission courts. Most recently a judge ruled in favor of Apple on two of ten patent disputes it has with HTC. As it stands, if HTC doesn’t win an appeal, Apple could potentially block the sale of some HTC devices in the U.S.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Winston Yung, chief financial officer of the Taoyuan, Taiwan-based company, said “We are open to all sorts of solutions, as long as the solution and the terms are fair and reasonable…On and off we’ve had discussions with Apple, even before the initial determination came out.”
July 1 Apple was found to have two S3 Graphics patents related to compression technology in ITC courts, HTC announced five days later it would acquire those patents from S3. HTC was found to infringe on two Apple patents July 15, one dealing with data transmission and one with data detection.
At the time of the ruling HTC issued a statement indicating the company planned on appealing the ruling. “We are highly confident we have a strong case for the ITC appeals process and are fully prepared to defend ourselves using all means possible. As a leading smartphone innovator for more than a decade, we develop and acquire technology in many areas and strongly believe we have alternative solutions in place for the issues raised by Apple. We look forward to resolving this case, so we can continue creating the most innovative mobile experiences for consumers.”The companies tune has changed a bit now – wanting to sit down with Apple and work out a deal rather than leave the decision to the courts.
Apple’s recent patent win targets specifically the HTC Droid Incredible, Droid Incredible 2, Wildfire, T-Mobile myTouch 3G, T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide, T-Mobile G1, T-Mobile G2, Evo 4G, Aria, Desire, Hero, Merge, Inspire 4G, Evo 4G, Thunderbolt, and Thunderbolt 4G. As it stands, Apple could potentially block the sale of those devices in the U.S if an agreement is not made.