Microsoft earned $1 billion from Samsung Android patent licensing last year

Microsoft has a vast number of Android patent licensing agreements with device makers worldwide, but a Samsung court case has put a figure on exactly how much money the software giant makes from Android. Samsung paid Microsoft $ 1 billion in patent-licensing royalties last year, a huge sum that has the pair locked in a legal battle over contracts. Samsung originally signed its patent deal with Microsoft in 2011, ahead of its impressive dominance of Android shipments, but late last year Samsung decided it was tired of paying on time, or paying interest when a late payment was finally made.

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