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TECH TRUCE Apple, HTC Call Quits in Patent War Mark Lennihan / AP Photo

Apple, HTC Call Quits in Patent War

Your iPhone is safe. Tech titans Apple and HTC have buried the hatchet in one of the largest patent battles yet to erupt as companies fight for the lucrative smartphone market. “We will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said of the global patent settlement between the two companies. The two companies also agreed to a 10-year licensing deal, though neither company offered specifics. The feud erupted when Apple accused HTC, which makes smartphones that use the Android operating system, of infringing on its iPhone patents.

November 11, 2012 7:24 AM