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Apple’s cross-licensing deal with Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has set a precedent. That is, while Apple has been serious in pursuing legal remedies against companies that infringe on its software and design patents, the Cupertino, CA company is actually willing to settle these disputes either for monetary compensation or through cross-licensing deals.

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The dispute between Motorola and Microsoft about fair rates for essential patents reaches a Seattle courtroom today and we can expect the trial to reveal some juicy financial information about both companies after the judge rejected a request to keep evidence relating to licensing deals and sales projections under wraps.