Samsung and Microsoft have entered into the largest patent agreement surrounding Android devices to date. In signing this deal Microsoft will get royalty revenue from every Android based smartphone and tablet that Samsung sells. Although no dollar figures were discussed this is said to be the biggest Android related patent deal to date and bigger than the deal already in place with HTC and Microsoft.
As Allthingsd’s Ina Fried points out, both Samsung and HTC also make phones that run Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform so of course the licensing deal would smooth over any friction between the two companies as they move forward with their Windows Phone plans.
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Samsung has been a major partner with Apple in regards to hardware components for their iPhones and iPads. Signing a deal like this with Apple would have insured that both of those two companies could have moved along smoothly without having to go through an international patent war.
“Together with the license agreement signed last year with HTC, 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,” Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith and top IP lawyer Horacio Gutierrez said in a blog post. “These two companies together accounted for more than half of all Android phones sold in the U.S. over the past year.” (sours ATD)
Both Smith and Gutierrez both contend that this agreement with Samsung proves that licensing works adding “They show what can be achieved when companies sit down and address intellectual property issues in a responsible manner.”