Foxconn: Using Patents to Order Google




Release time:2016-05-09

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Foreign media reported that not long ago, Google bought a patent for wearable technology equipment from Foxconn, and the transaction amount was unknown. It is reported that last year Foxconn also sold to Google head-mounted display technology patents, the transaction amount is also unknown. It is rare for a company like Google to buy patents from an Asian contract manufacturer. It is also reported that Foxconn has built a factory in California to produce Google smart glasses products. It can be inferred from this that this cooperation is not a simple patent transaction, but an overall strategic cooperation. Simply put, Foxconn used patents to deter Google and leverage Google's large contract manufacturing orders.


Foxconn is also a major supplier of accessories to other consumer electronics brands, including Apple. Apple has not yet announced the launch of wearable technology products, but the relevant patent layout history shows that it is indeed necessary for Google to strive to include key patents in the bag and strengthen its leading position in the market. Foxconn is an important representative of China's OEM enterprises from OEM to ODM, and it is also a pioneer enterprise that uses patents to actively talk about cooperation.

Industry observers say the rapid rise of wearable technology could lead to a large numberpatent litigationThis is very similar to the many patent lawsuits that have occurred in the smartphone market in recent years. Google Glass is currently undergoing small-scale testing and is expected to go on sale in 2014.

Foxconn said the patents were related to head-mounted display devices. With these patented technologies, virtual images can be superimposed onto real vision. These patents are typically used in aviation and tactical/ground displays, engineering and scientific design applications, games, video equipment, training and simulation tools.

In April 2014, Foxconn announced that it had sold a large number of communications technology patents to Google, but did not disclose the specific transaction amount. Foxconn has always been known for foundry, but Foxconn has been developing new technologies and has a large number of technology patents. Foxconn said in a statement that the company has 128400 projects worldwide.patent application, and has been approved 64300 items. According to data from Manhattan Patent Advisors, Foxconn was one of the top 20 patent holders in the United States in 2013. Foxconn said it would also continue to invest in research and development.

As Apple's main competitor in the mobile market, Google has been strengthening its patent strength through mergers and acquisitions. For example, Google acquired Motorola Mobility in 2011. The main purpose is to obtain a large number of patents of the latter, so as to protect its own Android ecosystem, in order to avoid being sued by rivals such as Apple and Microsoft.

"With a large number of patents in the United States and around the world, Foxconn can provide patent licenses to its customers and integrate with contract manufacturing," said experts Envision IP."

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