Meizu is a Chinese smartphone brand that makes devices that used to mimicÂ hardware and software design of iPhones. However, Meizu has come a long way and maintained their unique standard in the mobile market competing with the domestic companies like Xiaomi and Huawei in Mainland China.
According to Qualcomm, Meizu has used Qualcomm technologiesÂ in their devices for 3G/4GÂ communication without a valid license. These patents are copyrights of one of the best SoC manufacturers, Qualcomm.
Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm, said in a statement.
â€œQualcommâ€™s technologies are at the heart of all mobile devices. â€œMeizu 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, and ultimately damaging to the mobile ecosystem and consumers”.Â
Meizu Vice President Li Nan wrote on his official page on the WeChat messaging application.
â€œMeizu has always been staying in close communication with Qualcomm on the patent issue, and has conducted several in-depth discussions with them. We respect Qualcommâ€™s right to take legal action if theyâ€™re not satisfied with the business negotiation.â€
Qualcomm has negotiated extensively, and in good faith, with Meizu to sign a patent license agreement consistent with the terms of the rectification plan butÂ Meizu. However, the Chinese brand has been unwilling to negotiate, while unfairly expanding its business through the use of Qualcommâ€™s innovations without compensating Qualcomm for the use of Qualcommâ€™s valuable technologies.