Qualcomm, the well-known American chipmaker company has filed a complaint against Meizu for illegal use of intellectual property. QualcommÂ claims Meizu uses 3G and 4G technologies patented under their nameÂ â€“ but has completely disregarded the royalties. The patent violation complaint was filed in a Beijing court duringÂ last week.
Qualcommâ€™s technologies are used broadly â€“Â including such Chinese clients as Xiaomi and Huawei: just two of theÂ manyÂ smartphone companies whoÂ Qualcomm hasÂ signed licensing-agreements with. However, according to Qualcomm, Meizu has completely ignored their responsibility towards royalties and compensations considering the â€śstolenâ€ť technology.Â â€śMeizu is choosing to use [Qualcommâ€™s] 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,â€ť stated Don Rosenberg, executive vice president of Qualcomm.
In the meantime,Â MeizuÂ hadÂ announced an official statement saying theyâ€™ve already been trying to negotiate with Qualcomm about their co-operation and wish they could go on with their partnership. MeizuÂ hasÂ declined to give any further comments about the incident to the media, while Qualcomm seems to stay open and â€śtransparentâ€ť.Â The companiesâ€™ opinions seemÂ to differ a lot â€“ which is not that unusual consideringÂ the court case is taking place in China â€“ where copyrights and such hardly exist. Taking that twist into account, we canâ€™t wait to hear what happens to both parties of the conflict as the case goes on.
â€śMeizu is choosing to use [Qualcommâ€™s] 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 rightsâ€ť
Meizuâ€™s earlierÂ conflicts withÂ Apple or ZTE havenâ€™t had such a big effect on Meizuâ€™s result in China, but with such immatureÂ attitude towards intellectual/immaterial ownership and rights, expanding to global markets will be a though â€“ if not impossibleÂ tripÂ for Meizu. In the other hand Qualcomm also has a lot to fightÂ for after the recent incidents in China â€“ and their weak royalty rate forecast. Technology licensing is bringing more than half of Qualcommâ€™s profit, and the firm isÂ now appealing to the same Chinese anti-trust authorities who fined itÂ last year.