Microsoft tells court Samsung owes $6.9 million in unpaid interest over licensing
Court documents reveal that Microsoft is asking for $6.9 million in unpaid interest in its lawsuit against Samsung last year over licensing. Microsoft originally filed the suit against Samsung stating that the latter owes it a licensing royalty on each Android Galaxy phone or tablet and that the former's purchase of Nokia's devices and service division didn't violate the company's contract with Samsung.
Here is the suit that Microsoft filed:
Microsoft v Samsung Unsealed Suit (opens in new tab) by inafried (opens in new tab)
In 2013, the unsealed suit revealed that Samsung paid Microsoft $1 billion in royalties. The suit claims that Samsung didn't make its second year royalty payments on time, with Samsung claiming that it shouldn't have to pay because Microsoft acquired Nokia, a competing smartphone manufacturer.
Despite the suit, the two tech giants have been warming up to each other again with Samsung recently agreeing to use Microsoft's Office suite in favor of its own homegrown solution.
Is $6.9 million in unpaid interest alone too high?
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Where are new Samsung Windows Phones? And especially with the Samsung Android ubiquity, why don't they release more than one WP per year?
easy money for ms
What I wouldn't do to have $6.9m right now...
6.9m is peanuts to both companies, but Microsoft must uphold the principle of right to be paid on time.
But this is just an educated guess, because, like stated above, the agreement isn't public.
In the case of Microsofts patent claims they seem pretty undisputed (by anyone more serious than Android fanboys).
Ever increasing number of Android devices, no further Windows Phones, halt of Notebook sales in Europe... But they throw that useless piece of garbage of a few Office licenses at Microsoft. What a sweeping victory for Nadella...