OPPO and OnePlus, merged companies since last year, make use of a cross license belonging to Nokia, necessary to be able to use its patents for the 4G (LTE) and 5G standards. The patent license agreement was signed in November 2018 for a limited time.
According to a report from Europe Pressafter the end of the agreement, the European manufacturer denounced OPPO for allegedly continuing to use the patents in their phones.
The complaint was filed in the courts of Mannheim, Germany, according to the German media Wirtschaftswoche. Following a ruling by a Munich regional court, lThe Chinese brand has been forced to stop the distribution and sale of its OPPO and OnePlus cell phones.
The measure is only for German territory
the asian firm you will not be able to put any of your terminals up for sale, nor can they be bought in Germany. Users who already have these models will be able to continue using them as normal, depending on OPPO’s website.
The company indicated that “as the owner of many 5G patents, it highly values the role of intellectual property in innovation” and has indicated that it remains “committed to promoting a long-term and solid intellectual system.”
An OPPO spokesman gave statements to Europa Press: “A day after the termination of the 4G contract between OPPO and Nokia, the latter immediately went to court after asking for an excessively high renewal fee.”.
The Chinese company clarified that it did not stop operating in Germany, but rather temporarily interrupted sales of products related to Nokia’s complaint.