HTC exec slams media reports on Apple licence deal

TOKYO Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:31am EST

TOKYO Nov 20 (Reuters) - Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp is happy with its settlement with Apple Inc after a patent dispute, but regards media reports on details of the licensing agreement as "outrageous", chief executive Peter Chou told reporters at a product launch in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Responding to a question about media reports that HTC will pay Apple $6 to $8 per Android phone as part of the patent settlement, Chou said it was an outrageous estimate and called it "baseless".

HTC announced a global patent settlement and a 10-year licensing agreement with Apple this month after a bruising patent war between the two smartphone makers.

Apple sued the Taiwanese handset maker in 2010, its first major legal salvo against a manufacturer using Google's Android operating system. Since the suit, a patent war has engulfed competitors including Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Google's Motorola Mobility unit.

The companies did not disclose details of the settlement or the licensing agreement, but HTC said it will not change its fourth-quarter guidance.