The latest developments in the Samsung-Apple patent war takes place right here in the United States, where U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal ordered Apple to disclose the details of its patent settlement with the Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp. on Wednesday.
Earlier this month, Apple signed a 10-year licensing agreement with HTC that settled all their legal battles around the world. The terms of the deal have not been publicly reported, but the Wall Street Journal, and Samsung's lawyers, suspect that HTC agreed to pay Apple a licensing fee.
Samsung, who was ordered to pay more than $1 billion in damages to Apple this year by a federal jury in the U.S., asked to see the terms of Apple's HTC deal. According to the filing, Samsung wants to argue that if Apple is willing to license its patents to HTC for an undisclosed fee, it should also license its patents to Samsung for a fee, rather than seeking to have its products removed from shelves.
"It is almost certain that the license agreement covers at least some of the patents in suit," Samsung's lawyers wrote. "If so, this would be highly relevant, for evidence of Apple's licensing of patents-in-suit weighs against any finding that monetary relief is inadequate by demonstrating Apple's willingness to forgo exclusivity in exchange for money."