Microsoft Sues Samsung

Kate Patrick Contributor
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Microsoft filed a lawsuit against Samsung, because Samsung doesn’t want to pay patent royalties anymore. According to BGR, Samsung stopped paying when Microsoft bought Nokia at the end of last year.

In a blog post, Microsoft insists that this legal action is only an attempt to “enforce our contract with Samsung.”

“After spending months trying to resolve our disagreement, Samsung has made clear in a series of letters and discussions that we have a fundamental disagreement as to the meaning of our contract,” the blog post reads.

This isn’t the first time Samsung has gotten into trouble over patent royalties. In May, Samsung lost a lawsuit to Apple after a series of lawsuits concerning patent disputes. Samsung is certainly not earning itself any respectability, despite Microsoft describing the manufacturer as a “sophisticated company.”

“In 2011, after months of painstaking negotiation, Samsung voluntarily entered into a legally binding contract with Microsoft to cross-license IP — an agreement which has been extremely beneficial for both parties,” Microsoft’s blog post reads. But because Samsung has become so financially successful, “Samsung decided late last year to stop complying with its agreement with Microsoft. In September 2013, after Microsoft announced it was acquiring the Nokia Devices and Services business, Samsung began using the acquisition as an excuse to breach its contract.”

There you have it, folks. According to Microsoft, Samsung’s head got a little bit too big after doing so well in the smartphone business. At the moment, we don’t know how much Samsung owes Microsoft, but it is very clear that Microsoft plans to have the dispute settled one way or another.

“We are simply asking the Court to settle our disagreement, and we are confident the contract will be enforced,” Microsoft’s blog post reads.

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