Taiwanese electronics producer Foxconn has sold "a number" of its communications-related tech patents to Google for an undisclosed sum, according to The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper reports that Foxconn, best known in mobile circles for assembling Apple's iPhone, has applied for 128,400 patents and has been granted more than 64,300 worldwide, though the exact number of patents sold to Google remains unclear.
The move sees Google bolstering its patent portfolio following recent cross-licensing agreements with Cisco and Samsung, as well as its intended sale of Motorola to Lenovo, which would see it retain the smartphone maker's vast patent library.
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