Samsung signs patent licensing deal with Microsoft for Android and Windows Phone

Microsoft just scored a major win today with Samsung. The Software giant will receive royalties for Samsung’s mobile phones and tablets running the Android. That’s going to be a whole lot money given the gigantic number of Android devices  that Samsung is currently selling (the Galaxy S II has already reached the 10 Million units milestone). It was rumored that Microsoft was asking $15 for every Android device manufactured so you can bet that Microsoft is quite happy about this deal and you can bet that the Google Motorola acquisition played a big role in this deal (Samsung must have seen that it would help the whole patent situation in the longer and decided to side with Microsoft instead). Samsung will apparently also cooperate in the development and marketing of Windows Phone. Who said that Samsung was abandoning Windows Phone ? Oh yes..rumors.. Full press release after the break:

Microsoft and Samsung Broaden Smartphone Partnership

Agreements mark new initiatives to promote Windows Phone and share intellectual property.

REDMOND, Wash — Sept. 28, 2011 — Microsoft announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., to cross-license the patent portfolios of both companies, providing broad coverage for each company’s products. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will receive royalties for Samsung’s mobile phones and tablets running the Android mobile platform. In addition, the companies agreed to cooperate in the development and marketing of Windows Phone.

“Microsoft and Samsung see the opportunity for dramatic growth in Windows Phone and we’re investing to make that a reality,” said Andy Lees, president, Windows Phone Division, Microsoft. “Microsoft believes in a model where all our partners can grow and profit based on our platform.”

“Through the cross-licensing of our respective patent portfolios, Samsung and Microsoft can continue to bring the latest innovations to the mobile industry,” said Dr. Won-Pyo Hong, executive vice president of global product strategy at Samsung’s mobile communication division. “We are pleased to build upon our long history of working together to open a new chapter of collaboration beginning with our Windows Phone “Mango” launch this fall.”

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source: Microsoft, Microsoft

  • Anonymous

    Begun this patent war has.

  • Dennise Darko

    Microsoft has a patent cross-license aggregement with Apple … does this mean that Apple can not go after Samsung for patent related stuff?

  • MobileTechWorld

    Unfortunately for Samsung this deal probably won’t help them with the Apple case. What Apple is going against is mainly design choices (scare icons with rounded corners… yeah!) while MS is aiming at the OS (Android) itself and this cross licensing is probably about patents that won’t affect the Apple case.

  • Anonymous

    This is great new… I’ve always liked Samsung’s hardware design and was disappointed with the thought of them leaving WP7 platform!