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Microsoft sues Samsung alleging contract breach

Published on Aug 2, 2014 6:16 AM
A Microsoft sign is seen outside a Microsoft office building in Beijing on July 31, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

NEW YORK (AFP) - Microsoft on Friday sued Samsung in federal court claiming the South Korean giant had breached a contract over cross-license technology used in the fiercely competitive smartphone market.

"After becoming the leading player in the worldwide smartphone market, Samsung decided late last year to stop complying with its agreement with Microsoft," the US technology firm's deputy counsel said in an online post.

The complaint filed in New York federal court alleges Samsung is failing to make payments for patented Microsoft technology used in smartphones and tablets.

Samsung did not immediately respond to an AFP request for comment.

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