Microsoft and Samsung have agreed to get along in court
Samsung hasn’t had the best track record when it comes to its court disputes. Just a few months ago we saw how the Korean giant decided to play hardball with Apple twice in court, and the results of these disputes were not in Samsung’s favor. At the same time, we saw how Microsoft then attacked Samsung over other legal disputes, and to that we have a new status today.
If you remember, the whole Microsoft vs Samsung issues began when Microsoft decided to acquire the Nokia mobile division. Before this, Microsoft and Samsung had two contractual agreements over the use of certain Microsoft patents over the use of Android. Samsung apparently felt that paying Microsoft the crazy sum of $1 billion in a year over royalties for every Samsung smartphone running Android were enough, given the fact that Microsoft became a direct competitor with its newly acquired Lumia smartphone brand. The news today are that both companies have issued a joint statement confirming that “Samsung and Microsoft are pleased to announce that they have ended their contract dispute in U.S. court as well as the ICC arbitration.”
The deal is sadly confidential, so we might never know what sort of agreement was reached by both companies. This certainly must have been a win-win arrangement, but we could be wrong given the fact that Samsung still had to pay Microsoft money.