Microsoft says that is has settled a dispute with Samsung over Android royalties.
“Samsung and Microsoft are pleased to announce that they have ended their contract dispute in U.S. court as well as the ICC arbitration. Terms of the agreement are confidential,” wrote Samsung’s Jaewan Chi, executive vice president and Global Legal Affairs & Compliance Team and Microsoft’s David Howard, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, in a joint statement published to Microsoft’s website.
Reports of the initial disagreement first surfaced back in August when Microsoft said it would sue Samsung for threatening to stop paying Microsoft royalies for patents related to the Android operating system.
Microsoft reports that there are over 25 companies that license the patents. Those companies include major smartphone OEMs Samsung, Acer and ZTE, which cover roughly 80 percent of the Android-based smartphones sold in the U.S.
At the time Microsoft filed its initial grievance, the company claimed Samsung had asked South Korean regulators to reduce or eliminate the payments altogether.