Pour rappel, Creative a poursuivi Apple pour avoir utilisé un de ses brevets dont le fameux menu à niveau des iPod, de son côté, Apple a contre-attaqué en accusant Creative d’utiliser aussi quelques un de ses brevets, et le tout se faisant devant les tribunaux par avocats interposés.

Et bien sachez que Creative et Apple ont finalement trouvé un accord qui supprime tous les procès et qui règle leurs différents pour le futur. En échange de 100 millions de dollars et d’une licence « Made for iPod », Creative abandonne toutes les charges et laisse Apple utiliser à sa guise les différents brevets mis en cause. Conséquences de tout cela, Apple va continuer à se faire tout plein de sous alors que Creative va pouvoir commencer à créer des accessoires pour iPod, comme ça, si les lecteurs Zen se plantent, Creative pourra toujours se faire des sous grâce à son concurrent direct.

Le communiqué en anglais dans la suite.

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« Apple and Creative Technology today announced a broad settlement ending all legal disputes between the two companies. Apple will pay Creative US$100 million for a paid-up license to use Creative’s recently awarded patent in all Apple products. Apple can recoup a portion of its payment if Creative is successful in licensing this patent to others. In addition, the companies announced that Creative has joined Apple’s « Made for iPod » program and will be announcing their own iPod accessory products later this year.

« Creative is very fortunate to have been granted this early patent, » said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. « This settlement resolves all of our differences with Creative, including the five lawsuits currently pending between the companies, and removes the uncertainty and distraction of prolonged litigation. »

« We’re very pleased to have reached an amicable settlement with Apple and to have opened up significant new opportunities for Creative, » said Sim Wong Hoo, chairman and CEO of Creative. « Apple has built a huge ecosystem for its iPod and with our upcoming participation in the ‘Made for iPod’ program we are very excited about this new market opportunity for our speaker systems, our just-introduced line of earphones and headphones, and our future family of X- Fi audio enhancement products. We expect that the one-time licensing payment of $100 million will contribute approximately $.85 of earnings per share to our current quarter, ending September 30, 2006. »

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