Oppo loses to Nokia

Oppo and Nokia relationship ends in court

The Finnish telecom giant, Nokia, recently won two patent lawsuits in Germany that banned the Chinese smartphone brands Oppo and OnePlus from being sold in Germany.

With the loss of its case, the Chinese smartphone maker anticipates the situation potentially affecting sales.

In the two lawsuits, Nokia claimed that Oppo, which merged with OnePlus last year violated Nokia’s standard-essential patents (SEPs) after Nokia and Oppo had reached a patent deal in 2018. However, after the deal expired in 2021, Nokia filed the patent infringement complaints in multiple markets across Europe and Asia, said a news report by Technode.

Nokiapoweruser, a media outlet focused on the Finnish telecommunications firm, cited a Nokia spokesperson as saying, “The regional court in Mannheim has ruled for the second time, this time on a cellular standard essential patent, that Oppo is using Nokia’s patented technologies in its smartphones and is selling them illegally without a license.” Oppo, which has reportedly filed counter complaints, did not respond to TechNode’s inquiry for comment. [Nokiapoweruser]

“Oppo is using Nokia’s patented technologies in its smartphones and is selling them illegally without a license”, Nokia said in a statement.

The suits claimed that Oppo, which merged with OnePlus last year, violated Nokia’s standard-essential patents (SEP). Nokia and Oppo reached a patent deal in 2018, but when it expired in 2021, Nokia filed patent infringement complaints in multiple markets across Europe and Asia. Nokiapoweruser, a media outlet focused on the Finnish telecommunications firm, cited a Nokia spokesperson as saying, “The regional court in Mannheim has ruled for the second time, this time on a cellular standard essential patent, that Oppo is using Nokia’s patented technologies in its smartphones and is selling them illegally without a license.” Oppo, which has reportedly filed counter complaints, did not respond to TechNode’s inquiry for comment. [Nokiapoweruser]

The court found that “Oppo is using Nokia’s patented technologies in its smartphones and is selling them illegally without a license”, Nokia said in a statement. The Finnish firm added that Oppo has refused to agree to fair licensing terms and turned down proposals to arbitrate the disagreement.

Sources: Technode and scmp.com

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