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Microsoft Has Filed A Suit Against Foxconn Parent Company Hon Hai For Missing Patent-Licensing Payments

Tech giant Microsoft is taking legal action against Foxconn parent Hon Hai, after the Taiwanese consumer-electronics manufacturer allegedly failed to comply with a patent-licensing agreement from 2013. In a Friday court filing, Microsoft accused Foxconn of failing to provide twice-yearly royalty reports concerning certain unspecified products and has not made royalty payments on time. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

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Microsoft on Thursday said that Bing has become inaccessible in China and that it is trying to determine its next steps.

It wasn’t immediately clear why the search engine became unavailable and whether the Chinese government had blocked it. The Cybersecurity Administration of China didn’t respond to a request for comment. The service interruption comes at a sensitive time for U.S. companies operating in China, as trade disputes between the two countries simmer.