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Microsoft is suing Foxconn unit over unpaid royalties

A Foxconn building in Taipei, Taiwan.
A Foxconn building in Taipei, Taiwan. Photo: SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images

Microsoft is suing a unit of Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn over unpaid patent royalties on the consumer devices it makes for others.

Why it matters: Microsoft has a patent license with Foxconn that calls for it to make payments for smartphones, tablets and other devices and to provide an annual audit to Microsoft. The software maker says the company has not been doing either in recent years.

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In New York, official scrutiny is triggering doubts about the future of Amazon's much-publicized $3 billion in concessions to build a new headquarters employing tens of thousands. And in Wisconsin, Foxconn has created uncertainty about whether it will fulfill promises to build a huge new factory employing 13,000 people.

Why it matters: Together, the deals cast unwanted new attention on breaks granted to big companies that pledge to hire thousands, often renege, and demand contracts that block disclosure of the arrangements.

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