Qualcomm says it has taken actions to address Meizu’s infringement of its patents in the United States, Germany and France.
It has filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) and also filed a patent infringement action in Germany with the Mannheim Regional Court. It has also initiated an infringement-seizure action in France to obtain evidence for a possible future infringement action there.
Earlier in June 2016, Qualcomm had filed complaint against Meizu in Chinese court over licensing disagreements. The filing by San Diego-based Qualcomm, submitted to the Beijing Intellectual Property Court , was the first legal action by Qualcomm as it seeked to uphold terms of its landmark 2015 anti-trust settlement with China’s economic policy panel, the National Development & Reform Commission (NDRC). By July, reports revealed that Qualcomm had filed 17 complaints in China against Meizu Technology Co, stepping up its battle with the Chinese smartphone maker after the two were unable to reach a licensing accord in the US tech giant’s biggest market.
“Meizu’s refusal to negotiate a license agreement in good faith and its sales and distribution of infringing products around the world leave Qualcomm with no choice but to protect our patent rights through these additional legal proceedings,” said Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel, Qualcomm Incorporated.