In the merry go round that is the long running patent dispute between HTC, Apple and Samsung there has been a brand new development. A US judge has granted Samsung's request for Apple to disclose details of a patent licensing deal recently struck with HTC.

Last week, HTC and Apple announced that they had settled a long running patent dispute that began in 2010. It was widely reported that the two firms had signed a 10-year licensing agreement which Samsung claims covers some of the patents under dispute in their own case with Apple.

The court ordered Apple to produce a full copy of the settlement agreement "without delay" for "attorneys' eyes only" so it will not be made public. This is the latest update in the patent war between the two power houses (Apple and Samsung) that show no sign of slowing. The whole case has hit the headlines in recent years due to increasingly embittered lawsuits across the world.

It all came to boil earlier this year when a jury in the US found Samsung had improperly violated patented technology in the iPhone and iPad and awarded Apple $1.05 billion (£653 million) in damages. Apple has subsequently urged the court to order a sales ban on Samsung products that violate the patents.

The hearing on the sales ban for Apple and Samsung is scheduled for 6 December

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