Since HTC and Apple reached an agreement to cross-license patents and end their litigation, many have wondered just what kind of deal was made. One party that was particularly interested is Samsung, who argues the agreement shows injunctions are not needed as a value for patent infringements can be determined. Samsung went so far as to request one of the courts hearing one of the many Samsung v. Apple disputes to force Apple and HTC to reveal the details of the agreement. As a result of that request, which the court approved, a heavily redacted version of the agreement has surfaced in the public court filings.
According to the parts that can be read, Apple agreed to not sue HTC regarding several devices. Unfortunately, the list of devices is redacted. The agreement does exclude from the list HTC devices that are “cloning” Apple devices and a lengthy arbitration process is included in case Apple thinks an HTC device is a clone.
The agreement excludes nine HTC patents and Apple’s design patents. Both parties get nonexclusive, nontransferrable, non-sublicensable licenses to several patents owned by the other party. As expected, any financial details that were in the agreement have been redacted.