After Oppo & OnePlus were successfully sued in Germany, Nokia is now pursuing them in other markets – Technology News, Firstpost

After successfully suing Nokia BBK Electronics and its subsidiaries Oppo and OnePlus in Germany, Finnish tech company is now suing the Chinese smartphone maker in various markets worldwide.

After Oppo & OnePlus were successfully sued in Germany, Nokia is now also taking action against them in other markets

Nokia was able to get a German district to ban Oppo and OnePlus from selling its products in the country after a patent infringement case. Now Nokia hopes to pursue Chinese smartphone makers in other countries.

Back in August, Nokia managed to get a German court to ban Oppo and OnePlus from selling 4G and 5G devices in the country on the grounds that the technology is liked by BBK Electronics and all of its subsidiaries Oppo and OnePlus used infringe Nokia’s intellectual property.

Finnish tech giant Nokia, one of the most prominent early handset makers, has a slew of patents related to 5G technology in its arsenal, and this is proving to be a massive problem for a number of Chinese smartphone makers.

BBK electronics and Nokia signed a multi-year patent agreement in 2018 that expires in 2021. After the contract expires, Oppo and OnePlus should develop their own technologies or renew and expand the contract. However, this was not possible for certain reasons.

Nokia filed for patent infringement in 2021 Complaints against Oppo in several markets throughout Europe and Asia. The district court of Mannheim in Germany sentenced both parties to a settlement over the license fees, otherwise it would be forced to impose a ban on the sale of Oppo smartphones.

Nokia has signed fee-based licensing agreements with Lenovo, Samsung, Xiaomi, Apple, LG, and Blackberry, etc., so smartphone makers can’t work with it.

One of the reasons Oppo and OnePlus couldn’t secure a licensing deal could be due to the fact that these two smartphone makers rely on economies of scale, meaning they keep a very small margin on each of the devices they sell, but hope , making good money from the sheer number of devices they sell.

In the case of a license deal, these two smartphone manufacturers would have to pay around 2.50 euros per device sold. It might not sound so bad on paper, but given how low a profit margin both Oppo and OnePlus operate on in Europe, the fee would have cost a significant chunk of their profits.

In July this year, the district court of Mannheim in Germany ruled in favor of Nokia, finding that Oppo and OnePlus did not have valid licenses for the 5G technology they used in their smartphones.

Nokia has already ousted Oppo and OnePlus from the German market for patent infringement after the court ruled out two consecutive lawsuits in favor of the Finnish company.

Nokia is now suing Oppo in Australia for violating Nokia’s SEP (Service Enablement Platform), which covers 4G and 5G technologies, according to a new report. The German court halted Oppo’s sales on the same basis, so we may see the same resolution in Australia and other markets.



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