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Qualcomm launches patent actions against Meizu in Germany, France and US

The patent dispute between Qualcomm and Meizu has intensified with the news that the chipset maker has filed actions against the Chinese smartphone manufacturer in a number of western markets. With Qualcomm having previously filed actions in China against Meizu, the dispute has now spread to Germany, France and the United States.

In Germany, Qualcomm has submitted a patent infringement action to the Mannheim Regional Court.

A infringement-seizure action, designed to secure evidence that may allow for further action to be taken, is also underway in France.

And Qualcomm has approached the International Trade Commission, in the United States; filing a complaint with the federal agency.

This latest series of filings follows multiple submissions Qualcomm made in June 2016, in China. The US chipset maker has said that these were concerning “licensing terms and patent infringement”.

At present, Meizu has made no public response to Qualcomm’s latest actions.

Speaking following the recent developments in Germany, France and the US, Dan Rosenberg, executive vice president of Qualcomm, said:

“Meizu’s refusal to negotiate a licence 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.”