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Qualcomm flexes its muscles in China, sues Meizu over patent licensing problems

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Gerald Hurtado
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It s the first time the processor manufacturer has visited Chinese courts since losing its 2015 anti-trust case.

Last year, after a lengthy investigation into anti-competitive practices by the National Development and Reform Commission in China NDRC , Qualcomm was fined $975 million for abusing its position as market leader over licensing costs and royalties.

In addition to the fine — which has the dubious honor of being the largest imposed by Chinese anti-trust authorities — Qualcomm agreed to change its licensing practices.

Last year, it also lost a legal battle, when ZTE s Nubia division sued over patents related to the home button design on certain phones.

At the end of 2015, Meizu boasted it had sold 20 million smartphones over the year, a massive 350 percent increase over the number reported in 2014.

It hoped this would help place the company in China s top five smartphone manufacturers.

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