HTC chief slams media reports on fees it will have to pay Apple following patent settlement

HTC chief slams media reports on fees it will have to pay Apple following patent settlement

HTC’s chief executive Peter Chou has slammed media reports about a licensing agreement that the smartphone manufacturer made with Apple as part of a patent settlement.

Last week, HTC and Apple announced that they had settled a long running patent dispute that began in 2010. It was widely reported that the two firms had signed a 10-year licensing agreement for using each other’s patents, which the Taiwanese firm said it was happy about.

However, Chou has criticised what he calls “outrageous” reports that HTC will pay Apple $6 (£3.7) to $8 (£5) per Android phone as part of the settlement.

“I think that these estimates are baseless and very, very wrong. It is a outrageous number, but I’m not going to comment anything on a specific number. I believe we have a very, very happy settlement and a good ending,” Chou told Reuters.

Apple sued HTC in 2010, accusing the Taiwanese firm of infringing on its patented technology. The case is considered Apple’s first major legal attack against Google’s Android platform. In recent years the tech giant has gone after the likes of Samsung and Motorola in courtrooms across the world.

Despite enjoying early success, HTC has struggled to compete in the smartphone market since 2011, when its sales began to decline sharply as consumers switched to handsets like Apple’s iPhone 4 and Samsung’s Galaxy range. Last month, the firm announced a 79 per cent fall in profits since last year.

It is hoping to claw back some of its former glory and match some of the success of its rivals with the HTC Windows 8X and 8S, which run on the recently launched Windows Phone 8 operating system.

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