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Apple and HTC Patents Ordered Unsealed in Samsung Case

December 04, 2012

A list of patents in Apple Inc. (AAPL:US)’s settlement with HTC Corp. (2498) must be disclosed in the iPhone maker’s litigation with Samsung Electronics Co., a federal judge in California ruled.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, said yesterday that while pricing and royalty terms of the agreement may be sealed, a list of patents covered by the settlement doesn’t meet the “compelling reasons” required for such terms to be withheld.

In August, Apple won a $1.05 billion patent-infringement verdict in a jury trial against Samsung in San Jose. U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh scheduled a Dec. 6 hearing for Apple’s bid for a permanent U.S. sales ban on eight Samsung smartphone models.

Samsung has argued terms of the licensing agreement are “highly relevant” to Apple’s request for an order blocking U.S. sales of Samsung smartphones.

Apple, which had accused HTC of copying features that made its iPhone unique, on Nov. 10 settled all global lawsuits with HTC and agreed to a 10-year licensing deal.

Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman, didn’t immediately return an e-mail after business hours seeking comment on the ruling.

The cases are Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) Ltd., 11-cv-1846 and 12-cv-630, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose).

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