Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that it has entered into a new 3G and 4G Chinese Patent License Agreement with Haier, a leading Chinese home appliances and consumer electronics brand. Under the terms of the agreement, Qualcomm has granted Haier a royalty-bearing patent license to develop, manufacture and sell 3G WCDMA and CDMA2000 (including EV-DO) and 4G LTE (including “3-mode” GSM, TD-SCDMA and LTE-TDD) subscriber units for use in China. The royalties payable by Haier are consistent with the terms of the rectification plan submitted by Qualcomm to China’s National Development and Reform Commission.
“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,” said Cao Teng, general manager of Qingdao Haier Telecom Co., Ltd. “Haier values and respects Qualcomm’s intellectual property, which was created as a result of its extensive research and development efforts. 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.”
“China’s mobile ecosystem is flourishing, benefiting Chinese companies, employees and consumers alike,” said Eric Reifschneider, senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Technology Licensing for Qualcomm Incorporated. “Qualcomm is pleased to have helped Chinese companies for more than a decade to establish themselves among the top manufacturers in the mobile industry. Our agreement with Haier is an example of our ongoing commitment to support the growth of Chinese companies and the development of wireless networks, devices and applications.”
Founded in 1999, Qingdao Haier Telecom Co., Ltd is dedicated to deliver the best full-process consumer experiences. Through the combination of fashion trends and advanced technologies, Qingdao Haier Telecom offers products of exquisite craftsmanship and high quality, and has become the first-choice brand for consumers as well as the first-choice operation platform partner for three Chinese operators.
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