Oppo and OnePlus smartphone sales halted in Germany following 5G patent dispute with Nokia: report

Oppo and OnePlus have reportedly suspended smartphone sales in Germany following a recent judgment by the Munich Regional Court 1. Nokia has reportedly sued the two companies for using proprietary 5G technology in its smartphones without granting it a license. The companies have supposedly removed all smartphones from their German sites, although other accessories remain. Its handsets are expected to go on sale and soon to disappear from other online stores, like Amazon, Media Markt, etc. The ban on smartphone sales was reportedly imposed last Friday after Chinese companies apparently failed to reach an agreement with Nokia.

According to a report by WinFuture, Oppo and OnePlus are now banned from selling smartphones in Germany. The ban was reportedly imposed after a Munich court ruled in favor of Nokia, which had filed a lawsuit against the companies. Nokia had accused the two Chinese companies of using patented 5G technology without buying a license from the Finnish company.

The report further mentions that even other smartphone brands under the BBK Electronics umbrella – Vivo and Realme – may also be forced out of the German smartphone market. Nokia is said to have filed similar lawsuits against these brands in France, Spain, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands and Great Britain. The BBK group may have to pay 2.5 euros (about 200 rupees) per smartphone to license Nokia’s 5G technology and settle for a global licensing agreement.

In July, the Munich 1 Regional Court reportedly said that if the two parties failed to reach an agreement with Nokia, a sales ban could be imposed on the German market. Oppo previously reportedly agreed to pay 5G patent taxes. However, after the presumed expiration of these contracts, renegotiations between Nokia and Oppo failed, leading to the lawsuit.

In a statement given to Wirtschaftswoche, an Oppo spokesperson said, “Apart from suspending the sale and marketing of certain products, Oppo will continue to operate in Germany.” Customers can continue to use previously purchased devices. As mentioned earlier, only accessories are available on the German sites of Oppo and OnePlus.


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