In Germany, Nokia won a new law that kicked OPPO and OpponP out of the major European country. The Finnish company is now suing the Chinese trademark in Australia and other countries where it is located. Nokia winning its next patent case could eventually unseat Oppo and OnePlus smartphones in these markets.
- Nokia sued Oppo in Australia and other countries.
- If Oppo loses the lawsuits, it could be banned in these states.
- Several patent infringements covering Wi-Fi, 4G and 5G technologies have been covered.
A similar patent infringement lawsuit has been filed against Oppo. In an earlier case in Germany, Oppo stopped paying royalties to Nokia after their contract expired in 2021. Now, Nokia is pursuing the same demand from BKK Group-owned companies, according to the report. Nokia Power User.
Countries where OPPO is banned
The patents are under the Nokia SEP (Service Enablement Platform), which covers the use of 4G and 5G connectivity as well as Wi-Fi scanning and security technologies. Several other major brands have current arrangements with Nokia to continue using these patents. For example, Apple paid Nokia $2 billion in 2017 as part of a patent settlement.
In addition to the Land Down Under, Nokia has filed lawsuits against Oppo in the UK, France, Spain, the Netherlands, India, Indonesia and even China. At the same time, Nokia further sued Oppo in Finland and Sweden based on its patented news feed.
Is there a fair licensing system?
Oppo’s setback in Germany shows how companies use the loose licensing system and the absence of RAND/FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing) in many regions and countries. Oppo has sought the Chinese government’s help in creating such a fair licensing pace that will serve as the basis for agreements with manufacturers in the near future.
In Oppo’s case, a very small percentage of their devices were sold in Germany. However, the decision asked to pay the amount based on the total international sales, which were not fulfilled due to practical reasons. It is unclear at this time what the next step will be for those states where new charges are filed.
What are your thoughts on this ongoing Nokia-Opo patent wars saga? Do you think Oppo should continue the agreement with Nokia and pay the patent instead? Let’s hear your answer in the comment section.