HTC Ready to Negotiate with Apple Over Patents

HTC chief financial officer Winston Yung said his company wants to negotiate with Apple to settle their patent legal battle. The two companies have been duking it out in court over claims that they are infringing on each other’s mobile device-related patents.

“We have to sit down and figure it out,” Mr Yung told Bloomberg. “We’re open to having discussions.”

HTC to Apple: Let's talk!HTC says it wants to negotiate with Apple over patents

Apple recently won a ruling with the U.S. International Trade Commission that says HTC is infringing on two of its patents, which could potentially lead to an import ban on at least some of HTC’s Android-based smartphones and tablets. HTC, however, is purchasing S3 Graphics and the company’s two patents that Apple was ruled to be violating.

Both rulings must still go through the ITC’s approval process, so either could be dropped at some point. In the case of Apple’s patents, the ITC has set a target date of December 6, 2011.

Following the ITC’s ruling in favor of Apple, HTC representatives said the company “will vigorously fight these two remaining patents through an appeal before the ITC commissioners who make the final decision.”

Negotiating with Apple seems to be part of those vigorous fight plans. “We are open to all sorts of solutions, as long as the solution and the terms are fair and reasonable,” Mr. Yung said.