Microsoft sues Samsung for violating Android licensing agreement

After having struck a deal with Microsoft to license patents that Android may have violated from Windows Phone, it looks like Samsung may not be holding its end of the bargain, resulting in the wrath of Microsoft. In a blog post, the Windows Phone OS-maker has announced that it will sue Samsung for not paying royalties for using patents that Microsoft owns in its Android-based Galaxy phones and tablets.

"As you may have seen, on Friday Microsoft filed legal action against Samsung in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York," Microsoft stated, highlighting its intentions. "Today's legal action is simply to enforce our contract with Samsung."

Microsoft notes that Samsung had been complying with the IP licensing agreement until late last year when sales of its Android line quadrupled since the agreement started. Microsoft states that Samsung had made its second year royalty payments late and the Android-maker has not paid interest on that late payment. Additionally, Samsung has been threatening to breach payments again.

"After becoming the leading player in the worldwide smartphone market, Samsung decided late last year to stop complying with its agreement with Microsoft," Microsoft said.

Microsoft speculates that Samsung is using Microsoft's acquisition of the Nokia devices and services division as a reason to not pay licensing fees, a move that is deemed "meritless."

There were similarly rumored bad blood between Samsung and Google after Google announced its acquisition of rival Motorola Mobility. Motorola is now being sold off to Lenovo, freeing up Google from competing in the hardware space with Samsung.

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Source: Microsoft

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