Posted by Asif S. 4 months ago

Microsoft sues Samsung for violation of Android patent-licensing contract


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Microsoft has announced through its official blog that they have filed a legal complaint against Samsung in a U.S. District Court, claiming that the Korean giant has violated a patent-licensing contract which was originally signed in September 2011. As per Microsoft, Samsung had breached the contract when it failed to make a recent royalty payment on time, and also refused to pay interest on its late payment starting September 2013.

Microsoft holds patents of certain technologies that are used in Android such as methods for rendering multiple windows in a web browser. Similar to many other Android device manufacturers, Samsung voluntarily entered into this contract with Microsoft to cross-license IP. Microsoft states that this patent deal has been extremely beneficial for both parties. As per this deal, Samsung had to pay Microsoft an undisclosed amount for each Android phone and tablet that it sells. Analysts estimated last year that Microsoft collects around $2 billion annually from patent fees on Android devices.

David Howard, Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, has further explained in a blog post that Samsung is using Nokia’s acquisition by Microsoft as an excuse to dodge this contract. With this complaint, Microsoft is asking a judge to clarify that Nokia’s acquisition doesn’t disprove its licensing agreement with Samsung.

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6 comments on “Microsoft sues Samsung for violation of Android patent-licensing contract

  1. gtone339 4 months ago said:

    First Apple, now Microsoft? :(

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  2. johnyjackson 4 months ago said:

    MS is doing SELF-OEM. It reminds me of google-motorola case.

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  3. vbx 4 months ago said:

    They should just get rid of multiples tabs / windows on a web browser.

    Multi tabs are pretty much useless on androids. Not only are they useless, they make me want to smash my tablets everytime I switch tabs because the stupid page keeps on reloading everytime I switch back and forth between tabs.

    My next tablet will be a windows based tab. Because android does suck on tablets. They’re okay on phones. As the only think you do on it is call and text.

    But for tablets, go with windows or even Apple. Android sucks for tablets. Enough said.

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  4. hackos 4 months ago said:

    Multy-windows….hmmm if MS was the ‘LEAD’..so why Explorer was the last Browser that had multy-windows feature? and still suc*s!.. somthing is not true!

    i have Note 3 and i have over 20 pages open!i keep them even on reboot..chrome starts INSTANT! and no lag at all! i love it and i will never want less than that! :)

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