Qualcomm's licensing model will be “destroyed” if it can’t win key China case, says its ex-Asian patent director 27 Jun 16
Qualcomm on Friday announced that it has taken the momentous step of filing its first patent lawsuit in China. The US company has accused Guangdong-based Meizu of being “unwilling to negotiate in good faith” over a licence for technologies related to 3G and 4G wireless standards. The San Diego-based plaintiff told the Beijing IP Court that the terms offered to Meizu comply with China’s Anti-Monopoly Law and the settlement it reached with the country’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in 2015. Whichever way it goes, this case could have a huge impact on Qualcomm’s business in China and investors’ confidence in the company. But it also will be seen by many as a litmus test for how far China’s patent system has come in terms of fairness and impartiality.
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