27 June 2016
Reporter: Tammy Facey

Qualcomm attempts to swat Meizu

Qualcomm has filed an infringement complaint against Meizu Technology after it failed to take a licence to its patented wireless technologies for 3G and 4G.

The complaint, filed at the Beijing Intellectual Property Court, claims that Qualcomm offered Meizu a patent licence for its 3G and 4G technologies in China, in compliance with the country’s Anti-Monopoly Law on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory obligations.

Meizu has allegedly used Qualcomm’s technologies in its smartphones without a licence.

According to Qualcomm, it sought to resolve the situation with Meizu without litigation, but Meizu has been “unwilling” to to negotiate in good faith and enter a licensing deal.

Don Rosenberg, general counsel at Qualcomm, said: “Meizu is choosing to use these technologies without a licence, which is not only unlawful, but is unfair to other licensees that are acting in good faith and respectful of patent rights, and ultimately damaging to the mobile ecosystem and consumers.”

Qualcomm was hit with a $975 million anti-trust fine in China last year for charging royalties on standard-essential patents based on the entire price of a device.

Since then, it has entered a new 3G and 4G Chinese patent licence agreement with Zhuhai Ewpe Information Technology, and revised its deal with Lenovo, agreeing a new licence for devices marketed by Lenovo and Motorola in China.

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