Samsung and Microsoft bury the hatchet over Android royalty payments

Samsung and Microsoft bury the hatchet over Android royalty payments
Samsung and Microsoft have come to an agreement over Samsung's use of the Android operating system and royalties owed to Microsoft. The agreement covers disputes being heard in U.S. Courts and those being heard in arbitration internationally. While there is no dispute about Google's ownership of the Android operating system, Microsoft owns some of the patents used in the production of Android powered handsets. Back in 2013, it was estimated that these patents could earn the company the princely sum of $8.8 billion in royalties a year by 2017. Both Samsung and Microsoft announced today's agreement on their corporate blogs.

Last year, Microsoft accused Samsung of being late with a royalty payment, and demanded interest on the late payment. Microsoft took Samsung to court, seeking payment of $6.9 million which it says was the interest Samsung owed it for being late with the royalty check. A court filing indicated that Samsung felt that Microsoft's purchase of Nokia Devices and Services somehow meant that it wouldn't have to continue with a contract that both signed in 2011 and which runs through 2019.

The terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Microsoft has reached royalty agreements with other Android smartphone producers like contract manufacturer Hon Hai, Dell and ZTE.

source: WSJ

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12 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Right on, got to pay where due.

2. vishalvenky

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

that moment when u see the patent war amount is greater than the amount paid by microsoft to get Nokia devices..

11. jojon

Posts: 437; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

excellent point..

3. FlyingDutch

Posts: 97; Member since: Jan 30, 2015

In return, Sammy will release WP versions of their GaLaggy soon.

4. emanuelwooten unregistered

There refining ui so maybe it wan lag

6. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Last i heard about it, WP Was pretty smooth.

7. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

WP laggy? Are You living in a Cave? Please come out! WP is very smooth and fast!

8. drunkenjay

Posts: 1703; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

u know when people make stupid posts like yours and try to make fun of a brand. i just dont get it. if you hate it then dont post stupid comments and try to make it funny. its pretty sad.

10. netizen

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Good thing Microsoft has a way to profit of of Android, cuz they sure aren't making any $$$ off of Windows phone!

13. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Good thing MS was around before Android and has many software patents that even the mighty android that was bought by google and used MS patents...go figure...

18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Finally some good news for once. now it's Apple's turn to burry the hatchet.

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