INTERNATIONAL - Taiwan’s Foxconn on Tuesday responded to a patent infringement lawsuit filed against it by Microsoft Corp, saying as a contract manufacturer, it has never needed to pay royalties for the US giant’s software.
Microsoft filed the complaint against Foxconn subsidiary FIH Mobile Ltd in the Northern District of California on Friday. It is claiming unpaid royalties for patents used in devices for clients including a top Chinese smartphone vendor.
Foxconn founder and Chief Executive Terry Gou told an impromptu news conference in Taipei that “patent infringement” is not an issue for his group, which “will suffer almost no any loss” as a result of the lawsuit.
Foxconn “has never paid any patent fees to Microsoft,” Gou said.
Neither Microsoft nor FIH could be immediately reached for comment.