Microsoft sues Samsung for the interest on $1 billion

Microsoft sues Samsung for the interest on $1 billion
Microsoft is suing Samsung for $6.9 million, which the software giant says is unpaid interest that is owed to it by Samsung. The latter apparently felt that Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's Devices and Services unit was a breach of contract. The contract called for Microsoft to be paid a royalty for each Android phone and tablet produced by the Korean manufacturer over the course of a year.

While Samsung did eventually pay the $1 billion it owed Microsoft last year, the crew in Redmond said that the payment was late, and as a result it is owed the $6.9 million in interest on the $1 billion. The deal was agreed to back in 2011 and runs for seven years. It also includes a cross-licensing pact between the two firms.

It seems a stretch on Samsung's part to think that the purchase of Nokia's Devices and Services would preclude it from having to stand by the contract agreed to by both firms, but then again, we didn't stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

We happen to have the unsealed suit below that you are free to rummage through. And if you are a budding Perry Mason, perhaps you could chime in with your theory on Samsung's behavior.



source: Scribd, Recode via Engadget

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96 Comments

1. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

Jesus Christ here we go...

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

well they have to pay royalties. can't use someone's tech without compensation

17. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

then Microsoft via Nokia, Apple, Sony, Samsung, LG, and more than 500+ brands need to pay J-phone because they put camera on their phone

27. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

doesnt work that way.

72. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yes, and Japan has to pay France, Italy, and US for putting an engine and four wheels in an automobile. What's your point?

73. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

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30. meanestgenius

Posts: 22215; Member since: May 28, 2014

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I totally agree with what you just said, Mxyzptlk. Companies expect to use another companies technology and IP without due compensation. That goes for ANY COMPANY. There would be no reason for Microsoft to sue Samsung had Samsung just paid in a timely fashion in the first place.

35. Ashoaib

Posts: 3297; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

samsung should shift to china and stop paying apple, microsoft even a single dime

42. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

it a publicity ploy, a really hot button one, but done for publicity none the less.

41. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

go home captin obvious. obvious that you were a helmet when you step outside to play

69. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

You mean like Apple routinely does?

94. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Is this related to the multi-window (multitasking) feature present in Samsung devices like the GALAXY Note series? What other features they borrowed from MS? :3

2. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

pay it in nickels

8. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Nah, pay in Vietnamese Dongs, because M$ are being a d!cks again! and the Dong has the worst exchange rate in the world being about 21195.42 Dongs to 1 Dollar.

18. Dastrix unregistered

Because paying your dues late is overrated. You must think the same of your bank overdue charges. Pay them in Dongs, and do let me know what you get in exchange, no pun intended.

25. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Calm down, it was just a joke. No need to try to show how big your Dong is here dude.

43. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

LOL u win the internet!!!!!

46. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Why thank you! I think that I would like to donate my winnings to those less fortunate than I so that they might be able to do some proper research on the things they spew on about and not look so ignorant in a conversation.

47. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

well SOMEONE has to keep these true fools in check!!!! now that youve won, are you going to Disneyland???

48. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

No, If I wanted to stand in line and be disappointed I'd just save my money and go stand outside an Apple store.

50. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

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51. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Ill be here all week!

60. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

lol +100000000

63. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Don't forget to tip your waitresses!

82. Dastrix unregistered

LOL! That was actually hilarious!

3. bendgate unregistered

Samsung's 4 days advertisement expenses.

22. Dastrix unregistered

True. Also if Samsung would just ignore those useless patent wars with Apple, then maybe it wouldn't have incurred all that interest for late payments.

31. Ashoaib

Posts: 3297; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

apple started those stupid patent wars bcoz apple was scared from samsung but now time is changed and samsung is going down so apple will take a back seat

88. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

PA's Article line is misleading at best.. I was like WTF $1 Billion again...???? :@

92. Ashoaib

Posts: 3297; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I thought the same

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