Microsoft Sues Samsung Over Android Patents Dispute

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Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against Samsung seeking payment on Android patents that it says it has licensed to the company.

In 2011 Samsung entered into a contract with Microsoft to cross-license Android based patents.

In a statement, Microsoft said that following negotiations, Samsung has made clear in a series of letters and discussions that the two companies have a fundamental disagreement as to the meaning of their contract.

In 2011 Samsung entered into a contract with Microsoft to cross-license Android based patents.

Microsoft claims that Samsung is citing a breach of contract following Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's handset division and that the contract should be renegotiated as the cross-licensing agreement doesn't include Samsung patents used in Nokia handsets sold by Microsoft.

Microsoft naturally disagrees, and has taken legal action to settle the matter.

At one time it was said that Microsoft was earning more money from licensing patents to Android handset manufacturers than it was from its own Windows Phone OS. It's not known if that is still the case.

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