Japan’s Sharp sues Californian e-vehicle tycoon Tesla Inc. for patent infringement


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Japan’s Sharp sues Californian e-vehicle tycoon Tesla Inc. for patent infringement

Sakai-based Japanese multinational electronics industry conglomerate, Sharp Corp., which has been a subsidiary of Taiwan’s Foxconn since 2016, employing more than 50,000 people across the globe, had filed a networking gear patent infringement lawsuit against the e-vehicle industry pioneer Tesla Inc., while according to the lawsuit the Japanese conglomerate has been seeking a ban of Tesla Inc.’s e-vehicle import in to Japan, a source with knowledge regarding the lawsuit had unveiled on Wednesday (March 18th).

On top of that, according to the lawsuit which had been filed in Tokyo, had accused that some of the mobile communication equipment installed in Tesla e-vehicles had been patented to Sharp Corp., the source added on condition of anonymity given the scale of sensitivity of the issue.

Meanwhile, Japan’s local newspaper, Kyodo News, which has been the first to reveal the move of Sharp Corp., said in a report published on Wednesday (March 18th) that the Sharp Corp.’s lawsuit was targeting Tesla’s Model S, Model 3 Sedans alongside Model X sport-utility vehicles.

More importantly, Sharp Corp.-owner Foxconn, has filed a number of patent infringement lawsuits over the recent months including US TV brands Vizio Inc. alongside the Chinese smartphone manufacturer OPPO, while the case filed against the e-vehicle industry mogul of American billionaire Elon Musk appears to be the most heavyweight thus far.