Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM), the technology licensing company that filed 17 enforcement actions against Meizu Technology Co. Ltd. in Beijing and Shanghai intellectual property courts, said it has filed additional actions against the Chinese company in the U.S., Germany and France.
San Diego, California-based Qualcomm said it filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission. The company also filed a patent infringement action in Germany with the Mannheim Regional Court, and began an infringement-seizure action in France to obtain evidence for a possible future infringement action there.
In June, Qualcomm, the technology licensing company run by CEO Steve Mollenkopf, filed a total of 17 enforcement actions against Meizu in the Beijing and Shanghai IP courts related to licensing terms and patent infringement.
Qualcomm has said it has for more than a year negotiated in good faith with Meizu to sign a patent license agreement consistent with the terms of the rectification plan submitted by Qualcomm to, and accepted by, China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in 2015.
More than 100 other Chinese companies have already accepted the rectification plan terms, including the largest Chinese mobile device suppliers. Qualcomm has said Meizu has refused to engage in good faith negotiations, choosing instead to engage only in delay tactics. It also has said that Meizu did not respond to Qualcomm's last offer in April 2016.
"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, in a statement.
Qualcomm has not said how much it is seeking from Meizu for a license.
The South China Morning Post has reported that Qualcomm was rumored to have asked for 520 million yuan (HK$607.13 million) or $78.18 million.
Erick Robinson, a partner with the law firm Rouse International in Beijing, has said the enforcement action against Meizu is critical for Qualcomm because the company has had trouble getting Chinese handset makers to sign licensing agreement and because China accounts for about half of its revenue.
Qualcomm also was forced to pay $975 million to settle anti-monopoly charges brought by China's National Development and Reform Commission in 2015, following a probe by the Chinese regulator prompted by complaints from the Chinese handset makers.
More recently, Qualcomm has had some success in reaching licensing agreements, including one with GuangDong OPPO in August. The company didn't disclose the terms of the settlement but said it was consistent with the rectification plan submitted to the NDRC.
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