Business: Samsung to Pay Microsoft for Every Droid it Sells



Technology giants war over patents

Technology giants war over patents

Microsoft has accused Google’s Android operating system, used in smartphones and tablets, for violating its patents.

Samsung, a giant in the smart phone market and already in a legal battle with Apple, has decided to pay Microsoft royalties for every sale of their products that run on the Android platform.

Samsung and Microsoft also announced that they would cross license their patent portfolios. The companies are hoping to make their legal rows into “dramatic growth,” said Andy Lees, of Microsoft’s Windows Phone division.

Google fires back

Google made a statement against Microsoft for the patent violation claims, saying the software company was “resorting to legal measures to extort profit from others’ achievements and hinder the pace of innovation.”

Per Roman, of technology investment bank GP Bullhound, said that he is not surprised by Microsoft’s claims or their agreement with Samsung.

“Many people have long said that Android contains some Microsoft technology,” he said.

Roman went on to say that this falls under the realm of intellectual property (IP), and that the heavy-hitters of the technology world are all battling about their “IP portfolios.”

However, Google calls Microsoft’s actions “the same tactic we’ve seen time and time again.”

“We remain focused on building new technology and supporting Android partners,” it added.

T-mobile in the fray

Samsung has received support from its service provider partner T-Mobile in its ongoing battle against Apple.

Apple has filed for a measure to block all Samsung products in the US in its latest move in a long battle regarding patents in smartphones and tablets.

T-Mobile, a cell phone service company which provides many Samsung smartphones and tablets, has moved to help the South Korean hardware company by filing papers saying it would bring “unnecessarily harm” to its customers. The company claims their customers would not be able to find alternative products in the busy holiday season.

US data industry giant, Verizon, has also backed Samsung earlier this week. It said that court battles over patents should not be allowed to hurt the continual introduction of new devices.

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