Oppo and OnePlus were stopped from selling in Germany by BBK. Oppo and OnePlus have no license fees for Nokia’s important 5G patents.
WinFuture has learned that Nokia, a Finnish telecommunications company (not to be mistaken with HMD Global, which sells Nokia phones), has won two patent suits against Oppo and OnePlus. The Mannheim District Court ruled that Oppo used proprietary technology in its 5G phones. However, they weren’t licensed, and the phones were illegally sold. The same applies to OnePlus, also owned by the parent company. These smartphones have a lot to share.
Oppo had previously agreed to pay Nokia patent fees in 2018. However, that contract was terminated, and negotiations ended. Oppo attempted to appeal the decision but was unsuccessful.
Oppo has stopped selling devices in Germany, and OnePlus and OnePlus no longer have any phones available on their websites. OnePlus and Oppo don’t have a lot of market share in Germany, so this shouldn’t be a major blow to sales.
The companies chose to blame Nokia. OnePlus’ communications director Spencer Blank confirmed that German sales had been halted. He also accused Nokia of asking for unreasonable high commissions.
We are working closely with the parties involved to resolve this legal issue. OnePlus is committed to Germany and will continue to work, even though sales and marketing of related products were suspended. OnePlus Germany users can still enjoy our products and other related services such as software updates and after-sales support.
Oppo took a similar position and accused Nokia of “unreasonably large contract renewal fees” in patent matters.