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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RE: Not really
by Beerfloat on Sat 2nd Aug 2014 15:44 UTC in reply to "Not really"
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More like what happens when you don't honor a written agreement.


Yeah Microsoft should've thought twice about violating the smartphone non-competition clause of their written agreement with Samsung. And they never did acquire Nokia's patents so they also showed gross negligence by assuming they had a functional cross-licensing agreement with Samsung. Looks like they owe Samsung some money.

In normal cases I'm sure the companies would be able to work something out. But victims of extortion like Samsung aren't left with a lot of reasons to be accommodating.

Edited 2014-08-02 15:46 UTC

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