HTC and Apple earlier this month did the unthinkable – they settled their courtroom battles and agreed on a two-way street of licensing patents between one another. Since then, the general rumor has been that HTC, among other things, agreed to a $6-$8 per Android phone fee going to Apple. Only problem is, HTC’s CEO Peter Chou, just ripped that claim to shreds.
Today at a KDDI Corp product launch in Tokyo, Chou told reporters that current reports of HTC’s $6-$8 fee for Android phones are “outrageous”.
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
Whatever the dirty details are between Apple and HTC, one thing is for certain. Apple got lucky that HTC doesn’t have the money to fight them like Samsung, because they aren’t rolling over any time soon.