Lenovo, Qualcomm renew their solemn patent vows

Once the Chinese government OKs the love-in, of course

Qualcomm and Lenovo have finished renegotiating their Chinese patent licensing agreement and sent the new document off to the government to be rubber-stamped.

The two have had a partnership in China for some years, but Qualcomm had to re-cut its contracts in the Middle Kingdom to comply with a ruling by the country's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

Its licensing practices – taking a slice of the wholesale price of a mobile phone using its technology – cost the company dearly in China, with nearly a billion dollars paid in 2015 to settle an antitrust investigation.

The NDRC had accused the chip-designer of abusing its market dominance.

As Qualcomm's anouncement notes, the royalties Lenovo will pay are now “consistent with the terms” of the settlement.

Lenovo – which jumped into the handset market by acquiring Motorola Mobility from Google in 2014 – joins Xiaomi, Huawei, TCL Communication and ZTE in cutting patent licensing deals with Qualcomm.

The Lenovo deal covers 3G technologies like WCDMA and CDMA 2000, and 4G technologies including three-mode (LTE-TDD, TD-SCDMA and GSM) into complete devices bearing both the Lenovo and Motorola names. ®


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