Microsoft Takes Samsung To Court Over Contract Disagreement

By 11:44 Tue, 20 Jul 2021 Comments

Microsoft is taking Samsung to court over a dispute in a contract between the two companies regarding patent royalty payments. Samsung signed a cross-licensing patent deal with Microsoft in 2011, obliging the phone maker to pay royalties for every Android smartphone it makes.

Here's what the Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft assumed in his blog post.

We don't hold lightly filing a legal action, especially against a company with which we've enjoyed a long and productive partnership. Unfortunately, even partners sometimes disagree. After spending months trying to resolve our disagreement, Samsung has made clear in a series of letters and discussions that we have a fundamental disagreement as to the meaning of our contract.

In a reply to Microsoft's action, a Samsung spokeswoman said, "We will review the complaint in detail and determine appropriate measures in response."

The court filing is public and highlights secret portions of the patent negotiations between the two companies. Sadly, the fascinating parts such as the amount of patent royalty fees Samsung pays Microsoft and the method of calculating them are heavily redacted.

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