Microsoft And Samsung Sign Vast Patent Cross-Licensing Deal

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So, this is interesting. While Samsung and Apple are spending untold amounts of money on legal battles across the globe, Samsung has decided to not wage those same wars with another tech monolith: Microsoft. Microsoft has been on a warpath of late, tracking down companies (mostly who sell Android-based products) that touch Microsoft's patents in one way or another. This way, Microsoft rakes in royalties for products they don't even sell. It's a wild situation, truth be told, and it's a little insane to think that most every Android device sold benefits Microsoft in one way or another. Must be nice to be king.

At any rate, Samsung was in Microsoft's sights as well, and the two companies announced this week that they've signed a definitive cross-license agreement that covers the patent portfolios of both companies, providing broad coverage for each company’s products. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will receive royalties for Samsung’s mobile phones and tablets running the Android mobile platform. In addition, the companies agreed to cooperate in the development and marketing of Windows Phone.

No financial details are being let loose, but it's a safe bet that Microsoft's winning big here. How long until Apple and Samsung settle? Something tells us it'll be a while.
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rrplay replied on Thu, Sep 29 2011 9:03 AM

Certainly a lot more productive news regarding patent warfare. Any one else getting a bit eared -out with all the Apple / Samsung :we did / they did >>we can /you can't and it goes on & on & on.This licensing partnership is much easier to digest.

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3vi1 replied on Thu, Sep 29 2011 9:55 AM

Horrible news. Another company lets Microsoft get away with extorting people who implement LInux - and the agreement again says that the patents don't get disclosed so the Linux community can't challenge them or work around the offending features with an alternate solution.

How is this not an anti-trust extortion racket?

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omegadraco replied on Thu, Sep 29 2011 10:22 AM

Glad to see cross licensing as well...

Wouldn't it be nice if the legal world was perfect 3vi1... I agree the patents should all be disclosed.

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AKwyn replied on Thu, Sep 29 2011 1:39 PM

Yeah, I mean what could be so infringing that it involves a patent lawsuit. Let us know Microsoft, let us know the patents all the other companies are infringing.

That goes for you too Apple!


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