Samsung and Microsoft Reach Licensing Agreement Over Smartphones and Tablets

Samsung announced Wednesday that they’ve reached a licensing agreement with Microsoft over the sale of their many tablets and smartphones.  Samsung has agreed to pay Microsoft royalties for all devices running the Android operating system.  How much exactly will remain a mystery for the time being.  Is it me or does anyone else find it’s odd that Microsoft makes more money from license agreements and patent infringement deals off of Android than they do actually selling their own Windows Phone devices?

REDMOND, Wash — Sept. 28, 2011 — Microsoft announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., to cross-license the patent portfolios of both companies, providing broad coverage for each company’s products. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will receive royalties for Samsung’s mobile phones and tablets running the Android mobile platform. In addition, the companies agreed to cooperate in the development and marketing of Windows Phone.

“Microsoft and Samsung see the opportunity for dramatic growth in Windows Phone and we’re investing to make that a reality,” said Andy Lees, president, Windows Phone Division, Microsoft. “Microsoft believes in a model where all our partners can grow and profit based on our platform.”

“Through the cross-licensing of our respective patent portfolios, Samsung and Microsoft can continue to bring the latest innovations to the mobile industry,” said Dr. Won-Pyo Hong, executive vice president of global product strategy at Samsung’s mobile communication division. “We are pleased to build upon our long history of working together to open a new chapter of collaboration beginning with our Windows Phone “Mango” launch this fall.”

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

And if you’ll recall, Samsung wasn’t the only company to enter the cross-hairs of Microsoft’s scope.  They also have an agreement underway with Acer and Viewsonic for other Android violations.  I would really love to have been a fly on the wall in the corporate offices of Microsoft when they rolled out Plan B, should Windows Phone not do well, and that is to sue everyone and rake in as much as possible from the innovation of others.

[via Microsoft]

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  • thejory

    Actually, don’t think this was a suit.
    This is was just dealings between two ‘adult’ companies. They sat down and settled their differences. Without resorting to suits and countersuits. (I’m looking at you, Apple!)