Qualcomm Sues Chinese Company Over Patent Licensing

San Diego-based Qualcomm has filed suit against a Chinese company, Meizu, saying that Meizu has refused to enter into a licensing deal for the company's technology. According to Qualcomm, it had attempted to negotiate with Meizu to sign a patent license agreement, consistent with Qualcomm's agreement with China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in 2015--but that Meizu has gone ahead and used Qualcomm's technology without a patent license agreement. That agreement covers 3G (WCDMA and CDMA2000) and 4G (LTE) wireless communications standards. Qualcomm said that more than 100 other companies in China have agreed to the terms of that rectification plan it agreed to with the NDRC.