KOREAN HARDWARE DESIGNER Samsung has gained access to the details of the patents licensing settlement between Apple and HTC.
Apple and HTC signed a 10 year licensing agreement earlier this month, which covers both current and future patents held by both companies.
In the latest twist, a US judge has ordered Apple to give all of the details of the agreement to its rival Samsung, Reuters reports, after it filed a motion to get hold of the settlement terms. Samsung argument was that it is almost certain that the agreement covers patents at the centre of its legal battle with Apple.
The judge reportedly told Apple to hand over a full copy of the settlement without delay, adding that the details wouldn't be made public.
Speaking to The INQUIRER, a Samsung spokesperson said, ""We have always preferred to compete in the marketplace with our innovative products, rather than in courtrooms.
"However, Apple continues to take aggressive legal measures that will limit market competition. Under these circumstances, we have little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights."
This development arrives at the same time as the latest twist in Samsung's patent battles against Apple. It was revealed on Thursday that Samsung is looking to add the Ipad Mini and fourth generation Ipad to its upcoming patent lawsuit, claiming the two tablets infringe its wireless technology patents.
Apple said it was aware of the ruling but was unable to provide further comment. HTC was unavailable for comment at the time of publication. µ