Taiwan’s Foxconn slams Microsoft over patent dispute

The software giant should be suing Google instead: Gou

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Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou (first left) slams Microsoft.

Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou (first left) slams Microsoft. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Foxconn Technology Group chief Terry Gou (郭台銘) on Tuesday slammed Microsoft Inc., accusing it of wanting to prolong the personal computer era and of targeting suppliers instead of Google.

On Monday, the Seattle-based software giant sued Foxconn in California for unpaid patent royalties and for failing to file the appropriate paperwork. Under an agreement signed in 2013, Foxconn was supposed to file regular reports to Microsoft about the sales of any products covered by the agreement as well as pay relevant royalties, CNet reported.

On his Facebook page and later at a news conference, Gou said Microsoft was stuck in a dispute about patents with Google, but instead of suing the Internet giant, it was taking it out on subcontractors and brands, behaving like a bully, the Central News Agency reported.

Even though the world had entered the smartphone era, Microsoft was still behaving like a monopoly from the PC era and trying to extend its empire from the period of its founder Bill Gates, Gou said.

The U.S. company should be suing Chinese smartphone manufacturers, but it doesn’t dare do so, according to Gou. He predicted that Microsoft would not profit from the court case.