Microsoft and Samsung end patent dispute

Microsoft and Samsung end patent dispute

Microsoft and Samsung have ended a patent dispute over unpaid fees.

The dispute goes back to September 2013, after Microsoft announced it was acquiring Nokia devices and services business, the American giant began legal proceedings against the Korean firm on the basis that ‘Samsung began using the acquisition as an excuse to breach its contract'.

Samsung had argued that the Microsoft-Nokia deal breached its own license agreement with Microsoft. According to the lawsuit, Samsung claimed that smartphones being sold by Microsoft following its agreement with Nokia were not covered under the licensing agreement.

No details of the agreement were released by either party.

In a joint statement from Samsung’s Jaewan Chi, executive vice president and global legal affairs and compliance team and Microsoft’s David Howard, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel: ‘Samsung and Microsoft are pleased to announce that they have ended their contract dispute in U.S. court as well as the ICC arbitration. Terms of the agreement are confidential.’

Read Mobile’s article on manufacturer patent disputes here.


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