Samsung wins right to see Apple-HTC accord
Details of settlement could prove vital in South Korean firm’s patent war with Cupertino
South Korean electronics company Samsung has won leave from a US judge to see the details of a legal settlement reached between Apple Inc and Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp, Reuters reported.
The disclosure will include the terms of a 10-year licensing agreement between HTC and Apple.
The victory will allow Samsung to determine which of Apples patents are covered by the agreement, a vital element in fighting its own patent battle with Apple. In August a US judge awarded the Cupertino-based iPhone maker $1.05bn for Samsung's violation of certain Apple-held patents. Samsung is in the process of appealing that decision and information on the HTC-Apple accord could prove key to the outcome of both the appeal and Apple's campaign to have some Samsung products excluded from the US market.
In a separate filing the South Korean firm requested that the iPod Touch 5, the iPad 4 and the iPad mini be added to a list of Apple products it claims infringe upon Samsung patents.