Microsoft, Samsung Enter Into Android Licensing Agreement
Microsoft and Samsung have entered into an Android licensing agreement. Considering Samsung's size and Android portfolio, this is a very big deal.Microsoft has entered into a cross-licensing agreement with Samsung, in which the latter agrees to pay royalties for its Android tablets and smartphones. Financial terms were undisclosed. A Microsoft-issued press release indicated that Samsung would also collaborate on development and marketing for Windows Phone. Over the past several quarters, Microsoft has engaged in an aggressive license-or-lawsuit strategy with regard to Android, entering into agreements with several companies. It has also launched intellectual property lawsuits at those companies with whom it couldn't come to terms over Android licensing.
"The agreement also gives both companies greater patent coverage relating to each other's technologies, and opens the door to a deeper partnership in the development of new phones for the Windows Phone platform," Brad Smith and Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft's general counsel and deputy general counsel, wrote in a coauthored Sept. 28 posting on the Microsoft on the Issues Website. "Today's agreement with Samsung means that the top two Android handset manufacturers in the United States have now acquired licenses to Microsoft's patent portfolio."