Microsoft has had quite the number of reasons to sue Samsung since 2011 due to use of Android and the company has finally cashed in. Microsoft has filed for a lawsuit against Samsung over the interest on payments based on the number of Android devices sold. These numbers follow the amount of gadgets that was suppose to move from Korea to Redmond.
Even with the existing deal on the table between the companies, the acquisition of Nokia by Microsoft last year has led to the South Korean tech tycoon not paying up on payments for the second fiscal year of the deal. On top of that, Samsung has refused to pay the interest accumulated on the deal. Microsoft is alleging that Samsung is threatening to even hold off payment for the end of the third year of the seven year agreement.
According to documents, Microsoft’s patent licenses are included in about 80% of Android products sold in America. The deal between the tech companies included provisions for Samsung to lower the amount owed by developing and marketing Windows phones and tablets, and for Microsoft’s use of Samsung patents.
Microsoft is suing for a mere USD$6.9million. However, I’m quite sure that the company is looking to get the deal off the table with damages which is a decision worth more than anything at this point.
Click on the link for the lawsuit document filed by Microsoft: Microsoft-v-Samsung-Unsealed-Suit