Meizu facing another lawsuit, this time by Qualcomm

Meizu facing another lawsuit, this time by Qualcomm
Meizu, a fairly young company, which managed to make ripples with handsets such as the razor-thin bezel MX4 or powerful PRO 5, has had to endure a few major lawsuits during its rise to smartphone fame. First it had some brushings with Apple over design, then – with ZTE over its glowing capacitive home button. Now, it seems Qualcomm has a beef to settle.

The Snapdragon-slinging company is taking legal action against the smartphone manufacturer, claiming that Meizu's MediaTek chip-equipped handsets are infringing on its 3G and 4G connectivity patents. It is yet unknown whether the case will go into court.

A company representative from Meizu reached out to us with the following statement:
"Meizu has worked with Qualcomm to advance towards an agreement. We respect Qualcomm’s right to use legal measures if they are unsatisfied with the progress, but still welcome them to proceed the negotiations with us at any time."

Meizu has thus far avoided to use Qualcomm's chips, probably because of price concerns. The smartphone maker has used MediaTek and Samsung-made chips for its midrange and high-class devices respectively. This lawsuit may guarantee some bad blood between Qualcomm and Meizu for the future.


Source: GizChina

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10 Comments

1. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Simply means "Use our chip or get banned" MediaTek always has such issues. Here in India Xiaomi face such issues with Ericsson and got banned for selling MTK equipped phones.

4. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Then mediatek should be brought in to the court, not meizu. Because mediatek menufacture the infringed component

8. raky_b

Posts: 398; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

That is a reson why they don't sell phones in US, and EU, they can't pay a patents. but, also Qualcomm, can't win in China, even Apple lost due to it's iPhone look to much as some no name copy of iPhone.

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Why don't Qualcomm sue Mediatek or Samsung directly? Since they are the SOC supplier. Strange.

5. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

only MT ones have the problem.

6. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

only MT ones have the problem.

3. dimas

Posts: 3369; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

And meizu will go like, it's ok exynos is better than you.

7. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I won't touch a mediatek SoC...ever.

9. johnh3

Posts: 143; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

The new Sony Xperia XA have a MediaTek chip. It is sold in US and europe. So maybe they got some patent now? I dont know, but I think MediaTek became more popular in other areas than just in Asia now.

10. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

Sony pay royalities to Nokia so they are safe,

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