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Join Date: May 2009
Samsung paid Microsoft $1 Billion for Android Patents
Samsung has certainly paid $1 billion to Microsoft as part of a patent agreement. But it does not intend to pay anymore.
If manufacturers do not hesitate to go to court to even assert their interests for technology patents they hold, they also manage to find common ground, like Samsung and Microsoft in 2011. South Korean and American indeed hold both technological patents used by the products of the other. So that the benefit was similar on each side, there was no movement in front.
But since Samsung has tasted success with its smartphones, the scales tipped on its side. The patents in question relate to Android in effect. The Asian giant has thus ended up with a slate of $6.9 billion in 2013, which it partly honored by pouring 1 billion. Indexed to the number of smartphones sold, the bill is ultimately too salty for Samsung, which has decided to stop paying royalties to Microsoft. After reaching an agreement, both companies therefore find themselves at square one because of the court fights.
If Samsung wants to move away from Android and its operating system to support Tizen, it is obviously to gain dependence via Google, but also to avoid filling the pockets of Microsoft.