Nokia is suiting OPPO for 5G patent infringement

09. 07. 2021 Friday / By: Robert Denes / Industrial / Exact time: BST / Print this page

T he issue of patents is a sensitive issue that is often on the verge of legal and infringement. Unfortunately, this is also the case with Lenovo (in April 2021, an agreement with a Finnish company on a license to use the documents) and Daimler, in which, of course, Nokia won the legal disputes and ordered both defendants to pay damages. As with the 5G patents, which often refer to industry giants such as Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia, Nokia is once again the protagonist of this story, in which OPPO has also been sued for 5G patent infringement.

IAM was the first to report that Nokia filed a complaint in France, Germany, India and the UK over some standard and non-SEP patents. FOSS Patents claims that the company filed 24 complaints in Germany, including eleven in Mannheim, seven in Munich and six in the regional courts in Düsseldorf.

“We have been negotiating the renewal of our patent licensing agreement with OPPO, but unfortunately, they have rejected our fair and reasonable offers. Litigation is always our last resort, and we have offered to enter into independent and neutral arbitration to amicably resolve the matter. We still believe this would be the most constructive way forward.”

“OPPO respects and protects its own and third-party intellectual property rights, and has been committed to benign patent licensing cooperation in the industry. OPPO opposes unreasonable consultations such as using litigation as a tool.”

Nokia’s 5G patents related to mobile telephony go back to 2018, and from then on, anyone who uses them will be forced to pay a “fee” for every smartphone made with such technology. Instead, there is a different speech in the case of OPPO, which is exempt from this situation for the Chinese market but not in Europe, so it should already be paid. This does not appear to have happened at the moment, so Nokia had to sue OPPO. According to the EPO (The European Patent Office), the distribution of smartphones in countries such as the United Kingdom, France, but also in India, the telecommunications giant is entitled to a fee of € 3 for each smartphone manufactured with such a patent.

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