Qualcomm sues Chinese smartphone firm

Qualcomm sues Chinese smartphone firm

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Phone chip supplier and intellectual property licensor Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) has sued Meizu Technology Co. Ltd. (Xhuhai, Guangdong, China) alleging infringement of patents covering features and technologies used in smartphones.
By Peter Clarke


Qualcomm has returned to taking the offensive after a difficult period which saw it forced to amend its licensing terms and reduce its royalty rates in China (see China deal squeezes royalty cuts from Qualcomm).

Qualcomm alleges Meizu has infringed of patents related to 3G (WCDMA and CDMA2000) and 4G (LTE) wireless communications standards. The complaints were filed in intellectual property courts in Beijing and Shanghai. Qualcomm said in a statement that it has tried to negotiate with Meizu for more than a year to sign a patent license agreement consistent with terms accepted by China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in 2015.

More than 100 other Chinese companies have already accepted the rectification plan terms, including the largest Chinese mobile device suppliers, Qualcomm said adding that Meizu has not responded to Qualcomm’s offer in April 2016.

“Meizu has refused to engage in good-faith negotiations despite admitting that it sells products that infringe Qualcomm’s valuable Chinese patents,” said Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel for Qualcomm, in the statement.

These actions are related to a license terms action filed by Qualcomm against Meizu in the Beijing Intellectual Property Court and announced on June 23, 2016.

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