Hon Hai/Foxconn Technology Group
Headquarters: New Taipei City, Taiwan
Industry sector: Electronics manufacturing
Hon Hai is perhaps better known outside Asia as Foxconn – the manufacturer contracted by the likes of Apple, BlackBerry, Google, Microsoft and Sony to build many of their mobile communications products. But Hon Hai has also become a global IP powerhouse in its own right, with founder and chairman Terry Gou highlighting the importance of IP assets to the business by centralising the conglomerate’s IP function. As well as being Taiwan’s top domestic patent applicant for the past 12 years, Hon Hai has been busy in the IP transactions market of late. Notably, it has sold patents to Google on more than one occasion; while a portfolio relating to display panel technology that it purchased from NEC in September 2012 was asserted against a host of Japanese companies in a US court earlier this year, demonstrating its dynamic approach towards IP markets in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.