“Earlier this month Samsung asked that the court force Apple to turn over its settlement agreement with HTC, and today US Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal granted that request,” Bryan Bishop reports for The Verge.

“Apple’s attorneys had previously agreed to share a version of the agreement that redacted the financial terms of the settlement; in a hearing today Samsung argued that the fees HTC is paying Apple indicate how much consumer demand there is for those features covered by the patents,” Bishop reports. “While Judge Grewal did write that he was “more than a little skeptical” of Samsung’s argument, he nevertheless ordered Apple to turn over the document. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear the details of the agreement will surface anytime soon, as it is being handed over subject to an ‘Attorneys-Eyes-Only’ designation — basically, nobody but Samsung’s legal team will get a look.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Just because Apple was willing to enter into a licensing agreement with HTC doesn’t mean they have to enter into an agreement with Samsung – or, if they do, for the same royalty terms and/or patents as they did with HTC.

Perhaps Apple feels, as did the jury which granted Apple over $1 billion over Samsung’s repeated slavish copying of Apple innovations, that Samsung’s actions were/are especially egregious, that Samsung profited and continues to profit handsomely from Apple’s intellectual property, and that Samsung deserves to pay dearly, if for nothing else, so that they might think twice before firing up their photocopiers in the future.

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Jax44" for the heads up.]

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