If there is a reason as to why Microsoft isn’t embroiled in multiple legal battles against Android OEMs, unlike Apple, it is because the Redmond company has managed to convince Android OEMs to pay them a royalty for using patents that would lead to the creation of Android devices.
It is no secret that many companies, such as Samsung, pay Microsoft a royalty for every Android phone made. However according to Microsoft, “After months of painstaking negotiations by two of the biggest and most sophisticated companies in the world, in 2011 Microsoft and Samsung agreed on the terms of a patent license agreement and a separate business collaboration agreement, the latter of which is unique to our relationship with Samsung…Samsung has suggested that Microsoft has breached the business collaboration agreement.”
While both companies are expected to enter settlement talks, it seems that Microsoft is still seeking money from Samsung. According to unsealed documents in the Microsoft v Samsung lawsuit, Microsoft claims that Samsung owes them $6.9 million in unpaid interest from last year. Microsoft also noted in the document that Samsung had paid them a whopping $1 billion last year while their patent agreement was still active.
According to Microsoft’s Deputy General Counsel David Howard, “We are confident that our case is strong and that we will be successful. At the same time, Microsoft values and respects our long partnership with Samsung, is committed to it, and expects it to continue.” It is unclear if Samsung will be contesting the $6.9 million in interest owed.