Qualcomm is suing Chinese smartphone maker Meizu. The company reports it filed a complaint in the Beijing Intellectual Property Court citing alleged violation of intellectual property.
The complaint seeks a ruling that the offered patent license terms should form the basis for a license with Meizu for Qualcomm’s technologies patented in China for use in mobile devices, including those relating to 3G (WCDMA and CDMA2000) and 4G (LTE).
Qualcomm reports in a statement it has attempted to negotiate with Meizu to sign an agreement consistent with the terms of the rectification plan submitted by Qualcomm to and accepted by China’s National Development and Reform Commission in 2015.
“Although Qualcomm would have preferred to reach a resolution with Meizu without the need for litigation, Meizu, unfortunately, has been unwilling to negotiate in good faith and enter into a license agreement on the rectification plan terms while unfairly expanding its business through the use of Qualcomm’s innovations without compensating Qualcomm for the use of Qualcomm’s valuable technologies,” the statement reads. “In contrast, more than 100 other companies have already accepted the rectification plan terms, including the largest Chinese mobile device suppliers.”
Don Rosenberg, EVP and general counsel of Qualcomm, says that “Meizu is choosing to use these technologies without a license, 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.”