Flush with success, Microsoft hopes Samsung will be its next Android patent bounty

Tim Stevens
T. Stevens|07.06.11

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Flush with success, Microsoft hopes Samsung will be its next Android patent bounty
Wistron? Check. HTC? Double-check. Velocity Micro? Been there. Itronix? Done that. Microsoft has found plenty of corporate entities willing to be wooed with its patent-waving ways, and the company hopes the next notch on its bedpost will be a big one: Samsung. Reuters is reporting that Microsoft is after a $15 bounty per Android handset sold, which, if already in place, would have put Sammy $45 million in the hole thanks to the Galaxy S II's successes. Why would Samsung agree to such terms? It's possible Microsoft is requiring that this agreement be put in place for companies that want to produce Windows 8 tablets. Or, maybe it's just because everybody else is playing along. Nobody likes a follower, Samsung, nobody.
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