Chinese manufacturing firm Foxconn has reportedly sold a number of communications-related technology patents to Google.
Google's purchase, the cost of which was not disclosed, is just one of many recent such investments in the technology industry, and follows patent grabs from Microsoft, Twitter and Lenovo.
Foxconn parent Hon Hai has not yet confirmed the deal to V3, nor has Google but The Wall Street Journal says that it has been inked and signed.
April has already seen one major patent move, when Microsoft confirmed a new arrangement with Motorola Solutions to use its patents within Android and Chrome devices after signing similar deals with other vendors such as LG and Dell.
In March Lenovo, which has already spent around $3bn on Motorola itself, announced that it was spending $100m on a collection of patents from Unwired Planet, a company that specialises in patents.
In January a deal between Twitter and IBM ended a legal issue over patents. Then Twitter took on more than 900 of IBMs patents.
The deals underline the importance of patents in the tech sector as firms look for any means possible to score points, and cash, from rivals. Samsung and Apple are currently facing off in the courts once again as they clash over numerous issues.
Samsung has also signed deals with Cisco and Google in 2014 to avoid the risk o any more patent litigation as the three companies form a powerful alliance against their rivals, such as Apple and Microsoft.
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