Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM), the technology licensing company run by Steve Mollenkopf, said on Monday Aug. 8 it entered into a new 3G and 4G Chinese patent license agreement with vivo Communication Technology Co. Ltd.
San Diego-based Qualcomm didn’t disclose the terms of the agreement, which it said were consistent with the terms of the rectification plan submitted by Qualcomm to China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
Under the terms of the agreement, Qualcomm has granted vivo a royalty-bearing patent license to develop, manufacture and sell 3G WCDMA and CDMA2000 and 4G LTE (including "3-mode" GSM, TD-SCDMA and LTE-TDD) complete devices for use in China.
"This license agreement will allow us to have access to the latest technologies from Qualcomm and will enable us to continue to create innovative and high-quality devices for our customers," said Shi Yujian, vice president of vivo in a statement. "vivo has closely collaborated with Qualcomm in China and globally throughout the years. We have worked together on some of the popular vivo devices such as X7, X7Plus and Xplay5. vivo competes with innovation at its core, and holds high regard and respect for intellectual property rights.”
The agreement comes a week after Qualcomm announced a similar Chinese patent licensing agreement with Guangdong OPPO Mobile Telecommunications Corp. Ltd., the terms of which also weren’t disclosed.
The two agreements come as Qualcomm remains in a dispute with Meizu Technology Co. Ltd. Qualcomm has filed at least 17 infringement actions against Meizu in Beijing and Shanghai IP courts.
"Qualcomm is committed to the continued success of China's wireless industry,” said Alex Rogers, senior vice president and general manager, Qualcomm Technology Licensing in the statement. “We are pleased to sign a new licensing agreement with vivo that builds on our long standing relationship. It is exciting to see our technology enabling many large Chinese mobile device manufacturers such as vivo to become successful global players.”
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