Last August, Microsoft filed a law suit against Samsung for failing to pay for Android patent licensing worth billions of dollars. As a matter of fact, Samsung stopped paying those royalties in 2013 and interest on amount they owe has since piled up.
The two have reached a settlement deal and both parties seem to be excited to get past this legal hurdle. According to Samsung’s Jaewan Chi, Legal Affairs Executive VP and Microsoft’s David Howard, Corporate NP & Deputy General Counsel:
“Samsung and Microsoft are pleased to announce that they have ended their contract dispute in U.S. court as well as the ICC arbitration. Terms of the agreement are confidential.”
To add some context, for years Microsoft has been collecting royalties from all Android device-makers as the software giant owns many patents Android is in violation of. Instead of asking to stop Android sales, Microsoft has opted to license these patents to OEMs such as Samsung, HTC and Sony and cash in on Android’s popularity.
Once Microsoft announced they’re intent to acquire Nokia, the Korean company chose to stop paying these royalties as the acquisition in their opinion voided the cross-licensing agreement. This action prompted years of court battles.
Because of this, Samsung has been reluctant to build more Windows Phones. Now that the dispute is finally over, we may see a fresh start in this relationship and perhaps Samsung will consider shipping a Galaxy S or Note flagship device running Windows 10.