Microsoft and Samsung have entered into a new cross-licensing agreement that will not only allow the two companies to "share" their patent portfolios, but will also allow Microsoft to earn royalties from Samsung for all their Android devices. This is a similar situation that has been happening for sometime, in which Microsoft earns licensing fees from Android OEMs, like HTC and others. The primary difference is that Samsung appears to be gaining more than some of the other companies in this same situation with a more lucrative cross-licensing deal. There were no specifics given as to the amount that Microsoft will make from each device, but realistically speaking, MS stands to make a huge amount of money from this new deal. This kind of deal seems like a win-win situation. It's a shame that Apple doesn't seem to want to follow this example. Here is the press release:
Microsoft and Samsung Broaden Smartphone Partnership

Agreements mark new initiatives to promote Windows Phone and share intellectual property.

REDMOND, Wash — Sept. 28, 2011 — Microsoft announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., to cross-license the patent portfolios of both companies, providing broad coverage for each company’s products. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will receive royalties for Samsung’s mobile phones and tablets running the Android mobile platform. In addition, the companies agreed to cooperate in the development and marketing of Windows Phone.

“Microsoft and Samsung see the opportunity for dramatic growth in Windows Phone and we’re investing to make that a reality,” said Andy Lees, president, Windows Phone Division, Microsoft. “Microsoft believes in a model where all our partners can grow and profit based on our platform.”

“Through the cross-licensing of our respective patent portfolios, Samsung and Microsoft can continue to bring the latest innovations to the mobile industry,” said Dr. Won-Pyo Hong, executive vice president of global product strategy at Samsung’s mobile communication division. “We are pleased to build upon our long history of working together to open a new chapter of collaboration beginning with our Windows Phone “Mango” launch this fall.”

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