comscore Samsung paid $1 billion to Microsoft in 2013 for Android patents, may still owe it $6.9 million
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Samsung paid $1 billion to Microsoft in 2013 for Android patents, may still owe it $6.9 million

Microsoft has claimed that Samsung owes it $6.9 million in unpaid interest from last year. The software technology company which had filed a lawsuit against Samsung in August filed its amended comp

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Microsoft has claimed that Samsung owes it $6.9 million in unpaid interest from last year. The software technology company which had filed a lawsuit against Samsung in August filed its amended complaint in public last night which revealed several information including that it made 1 billion dollar from Samsung in 2013 for a single year’s worth of patent-licensing royalties. Also Read - Steam support coming to Chrome OS devices soon

Microsoft owns approximately 200 patents families that are required to make an Google’s Android powered smartphone. The company has been generating billions of revenue through its patent-licensing royalties. According to the unsealed filing, in 2011, Samsung inked a deal with Microsoft for a cross-licensing and business-collaborating agreement to use Microsoft-owned Android patents in its smartphones and tablets for a period of seven-fiscal years. The filing also states that the Korean technology company delayed to make the payment in time, and won’t pay the interest. Also Read - Google might launch its first smartwatch next year with these features

Samsung says that Microsoft breached certain agreements when it purchased Nokia’s devices and services business. The company claims that its original agreement with Microsoft needs to be revised, and the due interest Microsoft claims over it should be either reduced or eliminated. Also Read - WhatsApp users on iPhone will soon able to Undo Status, suggests report

Samsung is one of the over two dozen companies that pays Microsoft royalties for Android and Chrome OS patents.

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  • Published Date: October 4, 2014 10:18 PM IST
  • Updated Date: October 5, 2014 1:56 PM IST



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