“In the lawsuit, Microsoft said that Samsung stopped making royalty payments to Microsoft last fall, as required by their 2011 agreement, which related to Samsung’s use of Microsoft’s intellectual property in its Android smartphones and tablets,” Wingfield reports. “Samsung stopped making the payments, according to Microsoft, because it felt that Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia‘s mobile business amounted to a breach of contract.”
” In a blog post, David Howard, Microsoft’s deputy general counsel and corporate vice president, suggested that the real reason Samsung decided to stop paying was that its smartphones sales have quadrupled since the two companies signed their agreement,” Wingfield reports. “The heavily redacted lawsuit does not say how much money Microsoft believes it is owed by Samsung. Analysts have estimated that Microsoft receives billions of dollars a year in payments through licensing agreements with Android-device makers.”
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MacDailyNews Take: When you enter into a deal with the devil, you should expect hell.
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