Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Sep 2011 15:36 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This is the biggest one yet. Microsoft's professional extortion campaign - the third side of the same triangle it shares with Apple and Oracle - has finally hit Samsung. The two companies have signed a patent licensing agreement concerning Samsung's use of Android, in which a rumoured fee of $15 (!) per device will flow from Seoul to Redmond. Not entirely coincidentally, that's about the price of a Windows Phone 7 license.
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$15 was a starting point
by siki_miki on Wed 28th Sep 2011 21:42 UTC
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However Samsung has some patents, has cross-licensed them to MS and probably promised to keep a WM7 and future versions on life support; no problem for them to shell out a few more models, and let Microsoft care if they sell or not.

So it's most likely below the $10 mark. There are a lot of other FRAND type licenses increasing the product cost already, and MS also set a precedent by HTC contract so they are unlikely to get more from other big vendor which has weapons for litigation.

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