ZTE, Dolby ink patent license deal for smart devices

Patent licensing deal will incorporate Dolby's high efficiency advanced audio coding technology for ZTE's products, to boost audio capabilities of its smartphones and tablets.


ZTE has signed a patent licensing deal with Dolby for use in its audio technology in smartphones and tablets.

A statement by Dolby on Monday stated ZTE's deal with Dolby secures worldwide patent licensing of Dolby's High-Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding (HE AAC) Technology to boost audio capabilities of ZTE's smart devices.

This technology is also licensed by ZTE's competitors Apple, HTC, Nokia, BlackBerry , LG and Sony for use in their handsets, the statement said.

According to Kan Yulun, corporate vice president of ZTE Corporation and CTO of the firm's mobile devices division, ZTE's leadership in the mobile market is dependent on its innovation and intellectual property.

"As a standard-bearer for Chinese companies operating around the world, we are committed to accelerating innovation through collaboration and support for intellectual property rights," Kan said.

Andy Sherman, executive vice president and general counsel at Dolby, said: "We value ZTE's respect for intellectual property rights and look forward to their continued growth."

Dolby has been working on audio technology for mobile devices, particularly with high end smartphones such as HTC trying to differentiate its products by promoting their audio capabilities .