Microsoft to receive royalties from Samsung for Android use on smartphones and tablets
Microsoft and Samsung has entered into an agreement to cross-license their patent portfolios. The deal between the two companies was announced this morning. In the deal, both companies will receive broad coverage of each company’s products, but, in addition, Samsung will also be paying Microsoft royalties for Samsung’s mobile phones and tablets running Google’s Android OS.
No details on how much Samsung will be paying per Android device, but based on the popularity of the Samsung Galaxy S II, which has sold over 10 million units worldwide, we’re pretty sure that Microsoft will be making a lot of money from this deal.
Microsoft and Samsung Broaden Smartphone Partnership
Agreements mark new initiatives to promote Windows Phone and share intellectual property.
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.”
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