Court documents reveal Samsung paid Microsoft $1 billion in Android royalties in 2013

By Himanshu Arora ยท 5 replies
Oct 6, 2014
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  1. Samsung paid Microsoft over $1 billion last year in royalties to use the latter's technology in its Android-powered devices, according to a recent filing in the Microsoft vs. Samsung US District Court patent-royalty case, which was filed this summer.

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  2. Radient

    Radient TS Rookie Posts: 43

    Thats stupid its the extortion their doing with exfat they care how much they hurt progress just about money
  3. gibbstar

    gibbstar TS Enthusiast Posts: 34   +6

    Your sentence hurts grammar.
    Grammar is the logic of speech, even as logic is the grammar of reason. ~Richard C. Trench
  4. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Samsung won't do anything until a few seconds before it has to. The company has a fine record of not paying licence fees until sued. A short list from recent memory:
    $500 million to InterDigital
    ~$550 million to Kodak
    $59 million to Pioneer
    undisclosed amount to Sharp
    Relative peanuts when Samsung are responsible for 20% of South Korea's GDP. I think the company actually enjoys its rogue status - no other reason to revel in bribing the government then (fingers-crossed) saying they'll be good from now on...until the big-wig is pardoned, then it's business as usual..
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Most likely M$ is in the right here. A deal was signed between the two and it sounds like Samsung is trying to renege. I wonder if they would complain if everybody who bought their products started paying for them a year later, decided they were obsolete by then and not to pony up any more...
  6. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Inb4 microsoft sues apple, IBM, paypal, amazon.. why doesn't google change android or create custom software so microsoft cant collect royalties?

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