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With HTC Patent Deal, Apple Is Going For Android’s Jugular

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http://techcrunch.com – Editor’s note: Ansel Halliburton is a lawyer at ComputerLaw Group, a boutique law firm in Palo Alto specializing in intellectual property litigation and entrepreneurship. Apple and HTC announced yesterday that they have settled all outstanding patent litigation between them. What little detail the mirror-image press releases contained was that it’s a 10-year cross-licensing deal, which means HTC and Apple get licenses to each other’s patents. There has already been quite a bit of speculation about why the deal happened. Some think it means Apple is softening its stance on patents. (IT news)