On October 15, it was rumored recently that the long-term patent cooperation agreement between Huawei and Qualcomm had not been implemented. As Qualcomm had not resumed the supply of chips to China, Huawei suspended the payment of the $1.8 billion patent fee to Qualcomm.Some analysts believe that Huawei's move is to put pressure on Qualcomm to obtain chip supply. If Qualcomm is still unable to supply Huawei, Huawei's payment of the patent fee may be suspended indefinitely.
At present, neither Qualcomm nor Huawei responded to the news.
In the view of smart core,Huawei may have suspended the payment of the patent fee to Qualcomm, but the reason is not that the company is unable to supply Huawei.
As early as may last year, the United States listed Huawei in the entity list, and since then, Qualcomm has been unable to supply to China. When Huawei and Qualcomm reached a patent license agreement in July this year, Qualcomm did not resume supply to China.
So why can't Huawei use the Qualcomm chip and continue to pay the patent license fee to the company? Because the Kirin processor developed by Huawei and the mobile chip purchased by MediaTek all use the patented technology of Qualcomm, so it is necessary to pay a patent licensing fee to Qualcomm.
For example, Meizu, which had been using MediaTek chips before, was sued by Qualcomm for patent infringement because it did not pay the patent licensing fee to Qualcomm. In the end, Meizu had to pay the money to obtain the license.
Therefore, even after the U.S. imposed further sanctions on Huawei in May this year, which hindered the manufacture of Huawei's self-developed Kirin processor, Huawei still reached a patent licensing agreement with Qualcomm at the end of July this year, because Huawei was still able to maintain the operation of its mobile phone business by purchasing the mobile chip of MediaTek.
But,Since August this year, the United States imposed sanctions on Huawei for the third time, which hindered Huawei's self-developed mobile phone chip manufacturing, and further hindered the purchase of mobile phone chips from third parties such as MediaTek. Huawei's mobile phone business was in trouble. In this context, it is no longer necessary for Huawei to continue to pay royalties to Qualcomm.
Therefore, Huawei stopped paying the patent licensing fee to Qualcomm not because it could not supply chips, but because under the ban of the United States, Huawei could not manufacture its own chips or purchase mobile phone chips from third parties such as MediaTek. As a result, the operation of the mobile phone business was hindered. It is still a problem whether the mobile phone business can survive in the future. How could it pay the patent licensing fee for the next few years 。
- THE END -
Link to the original text:Smart news