Qualcomm,the veteran chip maker for mobile phones has signed a new patent license agreement deal with Qiku, Haier & Tianyu in China. Haier & Qiku are smartphone manufacturers in China. Qiku is a joint venture between Qihu 360 & Coolpad technologies. Qihu 360 is a OS product from the company Qihu. Haier is a Chinese home appliances manufacturer company.
Under this agreement , Qualcomm has granted all the three companies a royalty-bearing patent license to develop, manufacture and sell 3G WCDMA and CDMA 2000 (including EV-DO) and 4G LTE (including “3-mode” GSM, TD-SCDMA and LTE-TDD) subscriber units for use in China. This will help manufacturers freely use technology by Qualcomm. Previously we have seen many cases with technology patent licensing . The very recent was the one between Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi & technology patent company Ericsson which put a ban on Chinese manufacturer to sell it’s phones in India that are based on Mediatek Chipset.
“QiKu is introducing a new range of smartphones that deliver the high performance consumers want with the security features and long battery life they need. As we launch our devices in China, this license from Qualcomm will enable us to compete and deliver a range of 3G and 4G products that blend top hardware with the finest software.”
said Mr. Zhu Fanghao, president of QiKu.
“Haier is focused on creating innovative technologies, products and services that will help shape the future, as well as enhance the lives of our customers. The licensing agreement with Qualcomm supports our vision by helping us to deliver products embedded with leading 3G and 4G connectivity to provide the same convenient and personalized connected experience that consumers have come to expect from a smartphone.”
said Cao Teng, general manager of Qingdao Haier Telecom Co., Ltd.