According tomedia reports, Microsoft has reached a settlement with Foxconn, the world’s largest foundry, to withdraw all mutual litigation between the two sides, Foxconn can use Microsoft’s patents, and Microsoft can continue to collect patent fees from Android machines. Foxconn is a foundry, do not do their own brand machine, why should be charged? This is in fact the same as The Highcom, Apple patent fees implicated in Foxconn, Android phones often pay the patent fees through the factory, because the factory price is relatively low, the patent fee will be less.
Because of this, Foxconn as the largest mobile phone manufacturer, to others to produce Android phones are also to pay a patent fee, Microsoft in 2013 with them reached a cooperation agreement to authorize Foxconn-made Android machines can use Microsoft patents, Foxconn to pay patent fees.
Starting in 2015, the two sides fell out over why Foxconn began to stop paying patent licensing fees and refused to accept Microsoft’s verification, which announced it was suing Foxconn in 2019.
In response to the lawsuit, Foxconn founder Gou Taiming said last year that Microsoft was blackmailing Huawei to claim patent protection fees for the use of Android, and that Foxconn itself does not do android products in litigation, “so there will be no infringements.”
Still, Foxconn was unable to get out of the way, and the two sides announced a settlement and dropped all lawsuits and counterclaims.
Although the specific agreement was not announced, Foxconn was allowed to continue using Microsoft’s patents, and Microsoft apparently received a follow-up patent fee.