Microsoft reportedly lowering patent fees for Samsung and LG
Microsoft has been doing a ton of interesting moves in order to become “cool” again, as consumers continue to move away from Microsoft software in favor of other alternatives. Part of this involves extending its reach in cross platform solutions, like we’ve seen with iOS and Android apps, and another part of it has to do with ending its patent troll days in a smart way. One of the biggest moves we saw recently was ending its patent war with Samsung, and gaining some app placement on Galaxy phones, but plans don’t end there according to new rumors.
It seems that Microsoft is already in negotiations with Samsung to lower its current patent fees. Samsung paid Apple a crazy 1 trillion won in 2013, as the company is currently forced to pay $2.7 in patent fees for every Samsung smartphone or tablet sold. There’s no official word as to what the new fee will be, or how Microsoft will benefit from additional product placement in Samsung products out of the box. Whatever the case may be, Microsoft’s app portfolio continues to be one of the best in the industry, so there’s no real loss for neither companies, or for consumers.
The source also claims that LG is being approached about a similar partnership, but no details are provided on any progress between each party.