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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