(Original title: Huawei to follow Apple refused to pay royalties to Qualcomm? Huawei: do not respond to market rumors)
Surging news reporter Zhou Ling
At a recent meeting, Qualcomm said at least one mainstream Android vendor from China, following Apple's pace, suspended payment of royalties to Qualcomm pending a new deal. According to sources, the Android vendor is likely to be Huawei.
The same day, Huawei stakeholders on the surging news reporters said: do not respond to market rumors.
Huawei is currently the world's second-largest Android mobile phone company with a market share second only to Samsung. In the first three quarters of 2017, Huawei sold more than 112 million handsets, surpassing Apple in the global market share.
Huawei was one of the largest patents authorized by Qualcomm. Data shows that the patent fee from Huawei accounted for 5% to 10% of the royalties receivable by Qualcomm.
Qualcomm is currently no response to this rumor.
However, if the rumor is true, it will bring new problems to Qualcomm. Qualcomm and Huawei hold a lot of patents on 3G / 4G respectively, before the two parties also have the patent cross-licensing. In addition, though Huawei's handsets also use Qualcomm chips, Huawei's high-end handsets are mostly used on high-end handsets in recent years and rely on Qualcomm Not as big as an apple
It is reported that Huawei may want to re-negotiate with Qualcomm to discuss patent costs, it is not clear whether the parties will start a new negotiation. However, if China's Android manufacturer that claims Qualcomm is indeed Huawei, it may trigger a chain reaction, which will allow Qualcomm's patent license revenue has shrunk dramatically.
Taiwan's e-Times also quoted sources as saying that Samsung will also stop paying royalties to Qualcomm. The reason is that South Korea's antitrust department before the ticket to Qualcomm, Qualcomm and South Korea's mobile phone manufacturers to re-negotiate royalties.
Earlier this year, Apple and Qualcomm launched a series of lawsuits on the issue of royalties of intellectual property rights worldwide, so far, there is no definite result. However, Apple has refused to pay the royalties to Qualcomm. If the Android camp Huawei, Samsung also refused to pay, Qualcomm will be quite a headache. The combination of these strong opponents may force Qualcomm next to modify their licensing strategy. This will Qualcomm's revenue and profits in the future will have a significant impact.
Qualcomm holds a number of standard essential patents in the field of mobile communications. In the field of mobile devices, Qualcomm patented a certain percentage of royalties according to the sales price of the complete machine. This model is subject to some controversy.
In February 2015, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) issued the largest ticket to Qualcomm in the antitrust history of China: the U.S. Qualcomm was fined 6.08 billion yuan for its monopoly and was ordered to make corrections. Qualcomm was accused of taking a monopoly on unreasonable high-royalty royalty charges such as unfairly royalty-free licensing of the necessary patents for non-wireless communication standards and unreasonable conditions in the sale of baseband chips, thereby generating high profits in China.
Since then, Qualcomm punished, and the original patent licensing reform. Qualcomm's original model is based on the price of each handset maker pumping into a certain percentage, after the change into a chip-based patent license; other original model is free to handset manufacturers own patents included Qualcomm patent pool, controlled by Qualcomm to Avoid mobile phone companies suffered a variety of intellectual property disputes; rectification, Qualcomm signed with each handset companies a separate patent license agreement.