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Apple and HTC settle patent disputes
Customers line up outside an Apple store in Sydney, Australia, on Sept. 21: Weekend sales figures of the iPhone 5, while technically record-breaking, don't reflect the fact that the phone was being sold in more countries than its predecessors were.
Customers line up outside an Apple store in Sydney, Australia, on Sept. 21: Weekend sales figures of the iPhone 5, while technically record-breaking, don't reflect the fact that the phone was being sold in more countries than its predecessors were.
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pple and Taiwanese phonemaker HTC have settled all their outstanding disputes over patents, ending a fight that began in March 2010. The two companies signed a 10-year license agreement that will extend to current and future patents held by one another. HTC's have been in decline since the second half of 2011, despite having become a major global phone company by aligning itself with Google's Android platform.

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