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The agreement marks the latest collaboration among tech giants. In the past weeks, Samsung also reached deals with Google and Ericsson.
The two companies are pretty vague about the terms but take veiled shots at Apple.
The two companies will share intellectual property on a "broad range of products and services," including those for certain digital imaging and mobile consumer products.
Microsoft files a contract dispute suit against Samsung over Android patent-licensing royalties.
The decision by the USPTO, while relevant to the most recent Apple v. Samsung patent-infringement trial, isn't final and could take months or years to come to conclusion.
InterDigital receives a blow from the US International Trade Commission with a ruling that says Nokia and ZTE did not infringe on patents.
Hundreds of patents which secure Microsoft lucrative Android licensing deals have been published by the Chinese government.
The two handset vendors agreed to settle existing lawsuits but don't cross-license each other's technology.
A German company claims that the iPhone maker has violated one of its patents related to cellular technology.
The smartphone giants settled their patent suits outside the US. But that may mean they'll pay even more attention to Apple's home turf.