Microsoft’s Lawsuit Against Samsung Will Proceed

Posted by at 10:43 am on November 19, 2014

Microsoft-New-LogoSamsung has lost its bid to delay a trial with Microsoft, which is seeking interest payments of $6.9 million on patent licenses.

Samsung and Microsoft forged an agreement in 2011 in which Samsung agreed to pay royalties for patents Microsoft holds that are used in the Android operating system. Samsung delayed making its royalty payments after Microsoft announced its intent to acquire Nokia’s handset business. According to Samsung, Microsoft’s move made it a direct competitor, which it feared could lead to collusion charges.

Samsung asked an international court in Hong Kong to hold arbitration hearings, which it wanted to complete before dealing with Microsoft in the U.S. A U.S. District Court Judge disagreed, however, and said Microsoft’s case can move forward during the arbitration process.

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