A subsidiary of Taiwanese electronics manufacturer, Foxconn has filed a lawsuit in the German and Japanese district courts in Munich, Mannheim, and Tokyo against a Chinese smartphone maker, Oppo for allegedly infringing 4G telecommunications patents.
The plaintiff reportedly accused Oppo, which is owned by Guangdong-based BBK Electronics, and its Japanese division of infringing long-term evolution (LTE) patents used in smartphones.
Sharp reportedly said that its “patent portfolio as a major resource for its business development, and would take necessary actions to protect its IP rights”.
It will be recalled that Ericsson and Oppo announced a global cross-licensing deal last year, covering patents from both companies’ 2G, 3G, and 4G portfolios
Foxconn is one of the world’s biggest manufacturing companies, acting as a key supplier for the likes of Apple, Sony, Microsoft, Toshiba, and Amazon.
Its Sharp division mostly manufactures electronic products as phones, televisions, and LCD panels.