China News | Sharp Sues Chinese Smartphone Maker over 4G Patents

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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.

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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email:

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