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Microsoft has dragged its longtime partner Samsung into court, accusing the South Korean giant of breaching a contract over licensing of technology used in the competitive smartphone market.
The US technology firm has accused Samsung that after becoming the leader the worldwide smartphone market, it stopped complying its agreement with Microsoft.
In the complaint filed in the federal court in New York, Microsoft alleged that Samsung is balking at making payments for patented Microsoft technology used in its Android smartphones and tablets.
Samsung has said, it would review the complaint in detail and determine appropriate measures in response.
Microsoft contended that the South Korean consumer electronics colossus is not adhering to a contract from 2011, and said it filed the court action after months of painstaking negotiation.
The legal pact involved Samsung paying to use Microsoft intellectual property.
It may be noted that Samsung’s smartphone sales have quadrupled since the contract was signed as the company grew from shipping 82 million Android-powered handsets in 2011 to shipping 314 million three years later.
Samsung has become a smartphone Goliath, and the biggest maker of handsets powered by Google’s free Android software.
After Microsoft made a deal last year to buy Nokia’s smartphone business, Samsung stopped abiding by the cross-licensing contract, the US company claimed.
The US company said in the filing that Samsung used the Nokia business acquisition as grounds to step away from the licensing deal.
Microsoft closed the deal for Nokia’s smartphone business in April with some adjustments from the announced price of $7.52 billion (5.44 billion euros).
Nokia was the world leader in mobile phones before the introduction of Apple’s iPhone in 2007 and the onslaught of Android phones, mainly from Samsung.