Microsoft patent lawsuit against Samsung unsealed, $1B paid annually

Samsung logoMicrosoft's smartphone patent lawsuit from August was unsealed, showing that Samsung has paid the company over $1 billion in royalties on patents used in Android for just the second year of the agreement, but still owes $6.9 million in unpaid interest. Microsoft claims that Samsung initially ceased making royalty payments, then paid late and refused to pay interest, with Samsung claiming that the buy of Nokia invalidated patent licensing agreements that the pair had signed.

Microsoft is seeking that the court rule that the purchase of Nokia in no way violated any patent agreement, and is also seeking the $6.9 million as interest on the year two payment of $1 billion. Microsoft Deputy General Counsel David Howard said in a statement on Friday that "we are confident that our case is strong, and that we will be successful. At the same time, Microsoft values and respects our long partnership with Samsung, is committed to it, and expects it to continue."

Samsung has asked the South Korean regulatory agencies to alter the terms of the patent agreement, based on the Nokia purchase. Microsoft claims that Samsung is attempting to convert a contract dispute covered by US law into a Korean regulatory issue. The filing purports that the contracts "were granted by countries other than Korea, and used in products sold to consumers in countries other than Korea" which would make a Korean regulatory agency action inappropriate.

No timetable has been set for the trial. It is unknown if Samsung paid this year's payment on time.

Source: Electronista

Tags: legal action, Microsoft, Samsung

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