Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 1st Aug 2014 21:40 UTC
Legal

Microsoft is suing yet another Android device maker - but this time it's a very different case than their usual protection money scheme. Microsoft claims that Samsung has stopped complying with a patent sharing agreement between the two companies.

After becoming the leading player in the worldwide smartphone market, Samsung decided late last year to stop complying with its agreement with Microsoft. In September 2013, after Microsoft announced it was acquiring the Nokia Devices and Services business, Samsung began using the acquisition as an excuse to breach its contract. Curiously, Samsung did not ask the court to decide whether the Nokia acquisition invalidated its contract with Microsoft, likely because it knew its position was meritless.

Interesting, if true. This is what happens when you stop paying protection money - the burly men with clubs show up.

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by looncraz on Sat 2nd Aug 2014 04:18 UTC in reply to "..."
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If there are documents signed by Samsung that agrees to pay to MS, then, Samsung is toasted.


Not necessarily. If Microsoft was claiming royalty rights to invalid patents or intellectual property then the contract may very well be invalidated (you can't sell what is not yours).

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