HTC willing to negotiate with Apple over patents dispute

26 Jul 2011

HTC is willing to talk with Apple in an effort to settle their dispute over patents, HTC’s chief financial officer Winston Yung has said.

Yung said HTC is “open to having discussions” with Apple, adding that any solution is on the table, provided it makes good sense.

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

In March 2010, Apple filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission against HTC, saying the company violated 10 of its mobile patents.

The commission released an initial ruling earlier this month, saying HTC did violate two of Apple’s patents when HTC produced mobile phones based on Google’s Android operating system.

HTC replied by saying it would “vigorously” fight the ruling through an appeal and maintained it had not violated any patents mentioned in the case.

Since the findings are preliminary, they are subject to review by the entire committee in Washington. A final decision is due on 6 December.

Apple hasn’t commented on HTC’s willingness to negotiate.

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