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Samsung Wants a Look at Apple’s Deal with HTC

HTC was charged with infringing multi-touch patents that Samsung is charged with violating in other venues

Samsung has asked the California court handling the billion-dollar judgment against it to see Apple's shiny new 10-year licensing agreement with HTC since Apple is claiming it will suffer irreparable harm - that money can't recompense - without a permanent injunction against the Korean company's goods.

HTC was charged with infringing multi-touch patents that Samsung is charged with violating in other venues and Samsung doubtless wants to know if the deal includes these user experience patents that Apple swore it would never license.

FOSS Patents says "willingness to license certain patents can play a role in an injunctive relief analysis," but figures that if injunctions were inhibited by licensing pacts it would discourage settlements and license deals, something courts would want to avoid.

The blog also wonder if Samsung's lawyers already know the terms of the deal since Quinn Emanuel also represented HTC in its dispute with Apple.

Samsung told the court it's "almost certain" the HTC deal covers patents that Samsung was sued for infringing.

In announcing the HTC deal the weekend before last Apple didn't say the settlement involved all its patents.

Judge Koh may not entertain the motion this close to the December 6 hearing over a ban on Samsung's gismos.

Meanwhile, court papers say Apple and Google are discussing arbitration of some patent claims.

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