Patent Wars

When the biggest beast in the jungle decides not to fight you any more, your survival chances go up a lot. That’s the message from HTC shares on Monday.

After the company and Apple announced a global settlement that includes the dismissal of all current lawsuits and a ten-year license agreement, shares in the Taiwanese phonemaker leapt up 6.86 per cent – its daily limit. But is this the turning point for HTC, which saw profits fall 80 per cent in the third quarter?

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Apple’s battle with Samsung in the UK courts has taken yet another new twist, after the US group was reprimanded by a judge for posting a statement on its website that was too cheeky, writes Robert Cookson.

Last month, the Court of Appeal ruled that Samsung had not infringed on the design of the iPad and ordered Apple to post a statement on its UK website to ensure that the public were aware of the judgement. Read more >>

Apple has grudgingly complied with a UK court’s request to publicise the fact that it lost a case against Samsung. But rather than show any contrition, the US tech group took the opportunity to take a dig at its South Korean rival, writes Robert CooksonRead more >>