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Apple settles patent suits with HTC

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blackpearl

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Apple settles suits with HTC

Apple has settled all global lawsuits with China's HTC Corp., signaling a new willingness to resolve patent disputes without resorting to the "thermonuclear war" stance favored by co-founder Steve Jobs.

Apple, which had accused HTC of copying features that made its iPhone unique, "will continue to stay laser-focused on product innovation," Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said in a joint statement Sunday with HTC, which surged as the companies announced a 10-year licensing deal. HTC had said the maker of iPads and MacBooks infringed wireless patents.

The settlement with HTC, the first company Apple sued for violating iPhone patents, suggests that Cook will take a softer line than Jobs, who pledged before his death last year to wage all-out war against smartphones powered by Google's Android software.

Read more: Apple settles patent suits with HTC - SFGate
 
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