03 August 2016
San Diego
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Qualcomm inks another deal in China

Qualcomm has signed a 3G and 4G patent licensing agreement with GuangDong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp (OPPO).

In a press release on 31 July, Qualcomm announced the royalty bearing patent license will allow OPPO to develop, manufacture and sell 3G and 4G terminals for use in China.

Alex Roger, senior vice president and general manager at Qualcomm, said: “Qualcomm is very pleased to sign a license agreement with OPPO.”

“As an R&D engine for the industry, we are excited to see companies such as OPPO build on our patented technologies to drive further development and innovation and create compelling products.”

The deal comes amid a slew of patent licensing deals between Qualcomm and other technology companies, many of which appear to cover patents essential to the 3G and 4G standards.

Last year, Qualcomm was hit with a $975 million anti-trust fine in China for charging royalties on standard-essential patents.

Under the settlement, Qualcomm pledged to license its 3G and 4G essential Chinese patents, for branded devices sold for use in China, at royalty rates of 5 and 3.5 percent, using a royalty base of 65 percent of the net selling price of the device.

Since then, Qualcomm has agreed a string of licensing agreements, four of which were 3G/4G deals and cover companies such as LG and Lenovo.

Qualcomm has also been defending the same patents in China, most recently against Meizu in the the Beijing Intellectual Property Court.

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

Qualcomm said it offered Meizu a patent license for its 3G and 4G technologies in China, in compliance with the country’s Anti-Monopoly Law, but Meizu has been “unwilling” to to negotiate in good faith and enter a licensing deal.

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