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Samsung and Microsoft settle their royalties-related dispute

Samsung vs Microsoft settle royalties dispute outside the court
Samsung vs Microsoft
The two tech giants close their dispute over Android patent royalties, but details of this agreement remain confidential.
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The legal battle between Microsoft and Samsung over Android patent royalties has started about six months ago and it looks like everything has just become a thing of the past.

The whole story began with a seven-year deal signed back in 2011 that offered Samsung's Android handsets patent protection from Microsoft in exchange of over $1 billion a year. Once Microsoft took over Nokia's Devices division, Samsung considered it a violation of the agreement and stopped payments. 

"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," reads a post published on both Samsung's and Microsoft's official blogs that is signed by Jaewan Chi and David Howard.

According to an official statement coming from Microsoft back in 2013, more than 50 percent of Android OEMs signed deals with the Redmond giant, pushing the company's Android patent-related earnings all the way up to $2 billion a year.

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In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2015-02-10 (Update: 2015-02-10)