Samsung seeks copy of Apple's HTC settlement over patents
Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) asked a court to force Apple Inc. (AAPL) to turn over a copy of its settlement with HTC Corp. (2498), saying it's "highly relevant" to Apple's request for an order blocking sales of Samsung smartphones.
It's "almost certain" that Apple's settlement with HTC covers some of the patents at issue in its dispute with Samsung, according to a filing yesterday by the Suwon, South Korea-based company in federal court in San Jose, California. The agreement may undermine Apple's claim that Samsung's patent infringement can't be resolved with license payments, according to the filing.
"Apple's apparent willingness to license these patents supports Samsung's argument that Apple cannot show irreparable harm because monetary damages are adequate," Samsung said in the filing.