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[MacRumors] Apple's Legal Fees Rumored to Top $100M on HTC Patent Dispute Alone

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Who knows if it’s true, but if so, Apple didn’t get a lot for its money.

[...]

[Against HTC,] Apple started out with 10 patents — presumably its best ones — and ended up with a tiny victory on just one. Was that worth $100 million?

Apple certainly can afford the legal fees, and shows no sign of letting up.

[...]

HTC has two claims pending against Apple with the ITC as well, the first one due for a decision next month and the second in April 2013. And then there are other claims, all over the world, against HTC, Samsung and Motorola.

Source: http://www.macrumors.com/2012/01/23/apples-legal-fees-rumored-to-top-100m-on-htc-patent-dispute-alone/
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The potential gains of forcing HTC to stop selling its phones in the US is much more than $100 million, and this was probably personal w/ Steve Jobs, so even if it was $1 Billion, he would've spent it (and it's not like he can't afford it, w/ $80B in the bank).

Though on the other hand, I do wish Apple had spent more on R&D and less on lawsuits. Apple spent just 2% of revenue last year for R&D, compared to MSFT (13%) and GOOG (14%). Even HP spent 3% of revenue as R&D...
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Mac Rumours sure likes to put out a lot of rumours.

I don't see why they need to spend a lot on R&D, their fan base does't really care if the only thing they receive on the next generation of phones is a performance upgrade then it doesn't even matter. Well, that is probably their perspective on it.
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!!! I didn't think that meant HTC had to stop selling phones in the US!!! Does that mean they won't release the Zeta, the Edge, or any new phones here, or does that just apply to current ones?
    
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Originally Posted by Domino View Post

Mac Rumours sure likes to put out a lot of rumours.
I don't see why they need to spend a lot on R&D, their fan base does't really care if the only thing they receive on the next generation of phones is a performance upgrade then it doesn't even matter. Well, that is probably their perspective on it.

This.

If apple spent as much on R&D as they did in court, they'd have one hell of a product.
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Well, Apple doesn't seem to care about doing anything productive with their cash on-hand, so they might as well blow it whilst losing a majority of cases they open. As if $100M is even noticeable...
    
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!!! I didn't think that meant HTC had to stop selling phones in the US!!! Does that mean they won't release the Zeta, the Edge, or any new phones here, or does that just apply to current ones?

more than likely the ruling applies to any future htc phone, which can not be sold in the states after a set date. unless htc appeals and wins.
Edited by firestorm1 - 1/23/12 at 2:23pm
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Despite the article saying the accuracy doesn't matter, I still think its way off. I can see them easily spending a few million on the case, but just off the top of my head, $100 million seems way too high. $5 million or something I could see though.
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Should've spent $200M and won more cases. biggrin.gif
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I think they should just give me $100m smile.gif
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