US court orders Apple to disclose its HTC deal to Samsung

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Washington: A court has ordered Apple Inc to tell its rival Samsung Electronics details of a legal settlement with Taiwan’s HTC Corp.

The Korean electronics giant had earlier filed a motion to compel its US rival to reveal details of the settlement that was reached on November 10 with HTC but which have been kept under wraps.

In August, the iPhone maker won a $1.05 billion verdict against Samsung after a US jury found that certain Samsung gadgets violated Apple’s software and design patents.

The Asian company has argued it is “almost certain” that the HTC deal covers some of the same patents involved in its own litigation with Apple.

The court on Wednesday ordered Apple to produce a full copy of the settlement agreement “without delay”, subject to an Attorneys-Eyes-Only designation.

Representatives for Apple could not immediately be reached for comment by Reuters.

Samsung also requested the California court to add three newly released Apple products — the iPod Touch 5, the iPad 4 and the iPad mini — to the list of devices that it claims to have infringed on some of its patents, according to court documents.

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