A U.S. judge mandated Apple to unveil details of its patent-sharing deal with HTC to its competitor, Samsung.
Though, Apple signed a 10-year license agreement and HTC earlier this month, however, did not make the agreement details public. U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal in San Jose, Calif., ordered Apple, on Nov. 21, 2012, to yield a copy of agreement under a lawyer. Since financial terms of licensing agreements for other third parties have been unveiled in the patent-infringement case between Apple and Samsung.
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"HTC is not entitled to special treatment, especially when it has recognized the general sufficiency of the protective order and the integrity of Samsung's outside counsel," Grewal wrote, Nov. 21, 2012, according to Bloomberg.
"It is clearly a very smart move from Samsung - because the general feeling is that a lot of its patent disputes with Apple are very likely to be similar to those between HTC and Apple," according to BBC news.
The verdict is the cutting-edge obstacle for Apple in its various quarrels with rivals.