A judge in California has ruled that major details surrounding the Apple-HTC settlement will be publicly available. The pricing and royalty rates will remain confidential, but the patents that were part of the settlement will be open to the public. Previously, Samsung’s lawyers were given access to the list of patents in this settlement as part of their preparations for a hearing that will determine the final details of Apple’s legal victory over Samsung in August. Apple had sought to keep the list of patents confidential, but Judge Lucy Koh saw no compelling reason to keep these details from the public.
Samsung will be able to look at the settlement between Apple and HTC. Samsung will reportedly use the content of the settlement to determine if they need to halt sales of any of their products after their billion-dollar loss to Apple in a US court in August. Apple had previously sought to keep the specific dollar amount of its settlement with HTC private while providing the rest of the settlement terms for Samsung to view, though Samsung didn’t find this sufficient.
HTC's new Android flagships, the HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE, have reportedly been stalled at U.S. customs, and may not hit American stores as early as hoped, perhaps due to an International Trade Council (ITC) exclusion order... granted to Apple last December.
Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked during Apple's Q2 2012 conference call how he felt about ongoing patent litigation, and whether he might be more open to a settlement or resolution than his predecessor, Steve Jobs might have been. Cooks answer was pretty much the same now as it was before he became CEO -- he doesn't like litigation, but he also doesn't like other companies using what he feels are Apple innovations to sell competing products.
According to Nilay Patel at The Verge, Apple has won an International Trade Commission (ITC) ban on some HTC devices. Not much else is known at this point, but if you're following the patent wars the way normal folks follow the soaps, then stay tuned. It's getting serious.
Update: Android Central scored a statement from HTC: