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Samsung and Microsoft Settle Dispute Over Android Patent Payments

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though a 2011 agreement has Samsung paying Microsoft for every Android phone it sells.


Samsung and Microsoft announced Monday that they have resolved a dispute over a contract that includes patent royalties for Android phones.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Samsung and Microsoft are pleased to announce that they have ended their contract dispute,” both companies said in a statement.

Microsoft had sued Samsung last August, saying that the company was late in paying some of its contractual obligations. In the suit, Microsoft asked the court to declare its contract valid and enforceable and to declare that Samsung owes Microsoft interest for any late payments.

The two companies reached a huge patent deal back in 2011 that has Samsung paying Redmond for each Android device it sells.

At the time of the suit last year, Microsoft deputy general counsel David Howard wrote that “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.”

Evidently the two sides are now seeing eye to eye, or at least reached a deal they can both live with.

Here’s a copy of Microsoft’s original suit, though many of the good parts are redacted.

Redacted (Public) Complaint by elizabethrecodenet

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