Tech giant Microsoft Corp on Friday sued another tech leader Samsung Electronics Co Ltd over a patent deal.
The patent suit seeking monetary recovery from the Samsung, was filed in a Manhattan federal court.
According to Microsoft, after it announced the plans to acquire handset business of Nokia, the South Korean smartphone maker refused to make a royalty payment on patent licenses last fall.
The Micorsoft has, however, not revealed the amount claimed in dispute.
“Microsoft values and respects our partnership with Samsung, but differs with Samsung over how to interpret the licensing agreement,” David Howard, Microsoft’s deputy general counsel wrote in a blog post on Friday.
“Unfortunately, even partners sometimes disagree,” Howard further wrote in his blog.
Meanwhile, Samsung has said that it will first review the complaint in complete detail and decide on appropriate response accordingly.
The patent suit filed in the US District Court is Microsoft Corp Vs Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, 14-6039.
Key highlights of the Microsoft Vs Samsung lawsuit
- The royalty payments to Microsoft were made by Samsung during the first fiscal year after they signed their deal in 2011.
- Samsung refused to make another payment after the Nokia deal was announced by Nokia last year.
- According to Samsung, its licensing agreement with Microsoft was violated with the new business relations struck with Nokia.
- Samsung had eventually paid Microsoft late. Later on it refused to pay interest to Microsoft.
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