Microsoft Sues Samsung Over Android Patent Royalties

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DoctorX

i wonder if this is fallout from the china leak of the patents in question... and just about all of them shot down by the internet?

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Renegade Knight

Speculation elsewhere is that it's about the Nokia deal since there is a Samsung Nokia patent agreement also in place.

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Innomasta

Don't see how Samsung can get out of this one. It seems quite clear. You ship devices and profit from said devices featuring our patented software/hardware, you pay us. End of story. Whether or not Microsoft bought Nokia seems irrelevant. Someone more legal savvy please correct me if i'm wrong.

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Renegade Knight

The agreement isn't actually so Samsung can use MS patents. It's so MS won't sue for patent infringement. Because of that the courts have never made a determination on if Samsung (and others) actually do infringe.

Given the war with Apple vs. Everyone it probably seemed like cheap insurance.

That said. Since it is an agreement. Samsung either needs to cancel it in accordance with the terms of the agreement or they will lose.

Ignoring all of that there was an agreement with Nokia that may change the deal.

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ApathyCurve

Whaddya call 10,000 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? A good start.

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Enigmatistical

I've heard that joke for years......never gets old ;)

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The Mac

Heres another:

Why do Lawyers wear ties?

to stop the foreskin from creeping up.

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Enigmatistical

Ha!

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

If patents on fast-moving technologies, such as cellular phones, expired sooner, would that tame to patent trolls?