Posting on the Microsoft blog, David Howard, Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel for Microsoft has confirmed that it has filed legal action against Samsung, asking the court to hold the company to a 2011 cross licensing agreement which saw Samsung pay Microsoft to use some of their technologies.
According to Microsoft Samsung unilaterally stopped honouring the agreement in September 2013 after Microsoft announced its intent to purchase Nokia’s handset business.
Microsoft says protracted negotiations have failed, and they expect the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York to settle the disagreement, and expressed confidence the contract will be enforced.
Microsoft’s IP licensing deals is believed to bring in several billion dollars in revenue each year, likely largely from Samsung, the largest and most profitable Android OEM.
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