Last night we reported that Microsoft has filed a legal action against Samsung in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. The reason was that Samsung has stopped paying patent royalties as per the contract it signed in 2011 citing lame reasons like Microsoft acquired Nokia’s Devices and Services business. David Howard, Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft said, “After spending months trying to resolve our disagreement, Samsung has made clear in a series of letters and discussions that we have a fundamental disagreement as to the meaning of our contract.” Microsoft’s complaint to the court is now available online. You can read it below. Here is the summary of the document, Samsung signed patent cross licensing agreement with Microsoft and agreed to pay royalties to Microsoft for its Android based products. Samsung is now refusing to pay this year’s royalty along with the interest for ...

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    Microsoft recently revealed their plans to reduce the size of their overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs by next year. In this, Nokia Devices and Services related professional and factory workers are expected to account for about 12,500 jobs. Microsoft will offer severance to all employees impacted by these changes, as well as job transition help in many locations. In addition to that, Microsoft is making some changes on policies related to US-based external staff (including Agency Temporaries, Vendors and Business Guests). As per the new policy, Microsoft’s external staff can only get access to Microsoft buildings and the Microsoft corporate network for a period of 18 months. After that, a 6 months break is required to get access again. Microsoft believes that this new policy will better protect their IP and confidential information. Thanks to GeekWire, we have the full memo Microsoft sent regarding this policy change. From: ...

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