Nokia denounces Oppo and OnePlus, Germany bans the sale of its mobiles… and the measure could affect more countries

No German citizen can buy a phone from OnePlus or Oppo (the two brands owned by its parent company BBK) since August 5, when German justice through a court in Mannheim ordered this measure in the event that the parties do not reach an agreement before this date. The reason for the dispute, a 4G first and 5G second cross-licensing deal with Nokia that has been dragging on for years unresolved, reached that point this summer.

Nokia claimed a royalty for the use of this patent which the Asian manufacturers considered disproportionate, so that the Finnish company went straight to court, which brought the conflict to this point. The websites of the two manufacturers, so Oppo like OnePlus, they don’t display any mobile phones when their German version is viewed. It continues to sell other products, such as headphones or accessories.

Convinced that this is a “temporary” situation

Oppo Spain released a statement in which they defend their position, clarifying how quickly Nokia went to court just a day after the 4G contract between Oppo and Nokia expired; and considers the interruption of sales as “temporary”, in addition to pointing out that the brand will continue to operate in Germany, providing after-sales services and releasing updates to the operating system.

Oppo and OnePlus are, together with Xiaomi, The brands that have benefited the most from Huawei’s fall in the German marketreaping a good chunk of the sales they stopped getting. A solution for both would be a payment of 2.50 euros per phone sold as a licenseaccording WinFuturealthough this should be achieved within the framework of a global agreement, not only in the German country.

This would imply, in an extreme situation, the definitive exit of the two manufacturers from the German market, even if Oppo is convinced that this situation is only temporary and claims that they have “a long-term commitment to the German market”, as well that being “Proactively work with stakeholders to address this issue.”

Nokia’s complaint to various companies BBK, like OnePlus and Oppo, has also moved to Spain, as well as the UK, the Netherlands, France, Finland and Sweden. If this situation persists and the court decides in favor of Nokia, the ban could be extended to all these countries, but this is a situation that would not suit anyone, not even Nokia itself, and the most hoped for is an agreement that allows business as usual to continue.

In addition, there are other brands awaiting renewal of their license agreements with Nokiaand given the turn this case has taken, they will be on alert to avoid similar scenarios.

Since Xataka We have also contacted OnePlus without receiving a response at the time of this article’s publication, although it will be updated as soon as we have it.

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