Microsoft, Samsung Agree to Cross-Licence Patent Portfolios

Microsoft has signed a definitive agreement with Samsung Electronics to cross-license the patent portfolios of both companies, providing broad coverage for each company’s products.

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 the 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.”

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