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Huawei Lenovo said it had been threatened by Qualcomm to interrupt supply without signing a patent agreement.

via:博客园     time:2019/1/12 22:33:16     readed:434


Qian Tong Xin

As the earliest witness in FTC v. Gaotong court, Huawei and Lenovo's testimony attracted great attention. According to two testimonies from the two companies obtained by the First Financial Journalist, Yu Nanfen, Huawei's 12-year legal director, gave a very strong testimony.

In his testimony, Yu Nanfen confirmed that Qualcomm did refuse or threaten to refuse to supply chips to Huawei. She mentioned that HUAWEI had wanted the TDSCDMA chip of Qualcomm three module, but Qualcomm refused to provide it to China unless the two sides signed a patent agreement.

Either terminate or extend the agreement

In his testimony, Yu Nanfen said Huawei extended its subscription patent agreement for CDMA components in 2013 to avoid being interrupted by Qualcomm. She confirmed that Qualcomm's threat to Huawei was expressed by Tony Blevins, vice president of purchasing at Apple, who repeatedly referred to him as Eric Reifschneider, then vice president of Qualcomm's technology licensing business, in a court hearing on Friday.

Asked why Huawei did not communicate with Mr. Reifschneider of Qualcomm to find out other alternatives to avoid stopping the supply of chips, Yu Nanfen said that according to the long-term communication between Huawei and Qualcomm and the views expressed orally by Qualcomm, Huawei believed that it was a threat to Qualcomm, so it did not seek other solutions, but agreed to sign any form of specialty. Interest Authorization Agreement.

FTC questioned the signing of another agreement between Huawei and Qualcomm on WCDMA and LTE patent licensing. The two sides signed the agreement in mid-December 2014, but in fact, the agreement has been implemented since July 1, 2014. The FTC questioned Nanfen about why Huawei fulfilled the agreement in advance.

In Nanfen's testimony, she mentioned that Huawei wanted Qualcomm to authorize a patent that had been exhausted, but it was rejected by Qualcomm. The reason is that Qualcomm does not want Haise to be able to supply chips, thus affecting the patent licensing fees charged by Qualcomm to Huawei Haise smartphone equipment customers.

In the transcript of Ira Blumberg, Lenovo's vice president of intellectual property, he also made clear that Qualcomm's patent fees were overpriced. Blumberg says Nokia, Ericsson and InterDigital are priced much lower. He also mentioned that passing high would threaten to stop supplying to customers who questioned their charging standards.

Blumberg also mentioned in his testimony that Qualcomm and Unicom had signed a patent licensing agreement and stipulated a clause that Unicom could only sell Qualcomm chips to its customers, which meant that if Lenovo terminated its patent licensing agreement with Qualcomm, it might also be subject to Qualcomm and could not get chips from Unicom, which would cover all high-and low-end products. 。

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