Founded in 1997, HTC Corp originally made notebook computers, but entered the smartphone market, and at one point in 2011 it was the largest smartphone seller in the US, holding 24 per cent, compared to Samsung’s 21 per cent and Apple (20 per cent), but its market share has subsequently fallen sharply.

A customer holds up an apple as he purchases Apple's new 7-inch sized "iPad mini" tablet at an Apple store in Tokyo on November 2, 2012. Photo: AFP

Apple ordered to tell Samsung details of HTC deal

A US judge has ordered Apple to disclose to rival Samsung Electronics details of a legal settlement the iPhone maker reached with Taiwan’s HTC, including terms of a 10-year patents licensing agreement.

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