German sales of OnePlus and Oppo halted after Munich 5G patent defeat
Oppo users can continue using OPPO products, access after-sales services, and receive future OS updates, access after-sales services, receive future OS updates
This follows the withdrawal from the sale of Oppo and OnePlus smartphones and smartwatches in Germany.
The product withdrawals follow defeats in two cases at the Regional Court Munich confirms Juve Patent, the daily newsletter for the global patent sector confirms.
Nokia won two patent infringement claims against Oppo at the Munich Regional Court and infringed two Nokia standard essential patents in 5G technology.
Peter Manderfeld, spokesperson for OPPO Germany said:
“As an owner of many 5G patents, OPPO highly values the role of intellectual property in innovation. We have a history of establishing cross-licensing agreements with many leading companies and are committed to promoting a healthy intellectual property ecosystem. The day after OPPO and Nokia’s 4G contract expired, Nokia immediately went to court after asking for an unreasonably high renewal fee. Our long-term commitment to the German market remains the same and we are proactively working with relevant parties to resolve the ongoing matter. Aside from sales and marketing of relevant products being put on hold over OPPO-owned channels, OPPO will continue operations in Germany. In the meantime, users can continue using OPPO products, access after-sales services, receive future OS updates, access after-sales services, receive future OS updates, and more”.
Unable to buy smartphones
Currently, customers are unable to buy smartphones and smartwatches from the One Plus Germany store. Furthermore, the German Oppo website has not featured any product information since the decision” reports Juve Patent.
“The day after the 4G agreement between Oppo and Nokia expired, Nokia immediately went to court. They had previously demanded an unreasonably high contract renewal fee. Our long-term commitment to the German market remains unchanged and we are proactively working with the relevant parties to resolve the ongoing matter. Apart from suspending the sale and marketing of certain products through Oppo Germany’s official channels, Oppo will continue to operate in Germany.”