Samsung Gives In, Signs Cross Licensing Patent Deal With Microsoft

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In a major win for Microsoft, Samsung has signed a cross licensing patent deal with Microsoft, today.

Apparently, as the world knows, Google’s Android Operating System infringes upon several patents. And Microsoft has been going around suing and forcing the OEMs who use Android for their smartphones. Acer, HTC and some other companies already pay royalties to Microsoft, as it turns out. That leaves LG and Motorola among the major OEMs, and it only would be interesting to see what and how goes about it.

Here’s the official word from Redmond –

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.”

If you’ll notice, Microsoft is trying to settle the issues, whereas Apple is trying its best to stop the infringer from doing that business outrightly. Well, that could be one of the reasons why it is getting counter sued. Well, the guys at Redmond are smarter.