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Microsoft Signs Samsung to Android Patent Deal

September 28, 2011 3 Comments

 Microsoft announced today that Samsung has finalized a patent deal with the tech giant. They both join the ranks of HTC, Acer, Viewsonic and many others in licensing the proper patents from Microsoft in order to avoid lawsuits from them in the future. It is being reported that Samsung will have to pay Microsoft $10 per Android device – including smartphones and tablets.

In a unique twist to the deal though, Samsung gains a ‘closer relationship’ to Windows Phone. Microsoft states that Samsung will cooperate in the development and marketing of Windows Phone.

Make no mistake, this deal is huge and I believe will deeply impact the smartphone market as we know it.

More on this as this story develops…


Press Release:

Microsoft and Samsung Broaden Smartphone Partnership

REDMOND, Wash — Sept. 28, 2011 — Microsoft announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., to cross-license 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.

“Microsoft and Samsung see the opportunity for dramatic growth in Windows Phone and we’re investing to make that a reality,” said Andy Lees, president, Windows Phone Division, Microsoft. “Microsoft believes in a model where all our partners can grow and profit based on our platform.”

“Through the cross-licensing of our respective patent portfolios, Samsung and Microsoft can continue to bring the latest innovations to the mobile industry,” said Dr. Won-Pyo Hong, executive vice president of global product strategy at Samsung’s mobile communication division. “We are pleased to build upon our long history of working together to open a new chapter of collaboration beginning with our Windows Phone “Mango” launch this fall.”

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.


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