OPPO and OnePlus ‘ patent dispute with Nokia has led to the issue that their phones are facing a ban on sale in Germany. Both Chinese phone makers found themselves in court after Nokia sued them for 5G patents.
According to WinFuture, Nokia met with the Mannheim district court regarding this issue in July and stated that OPPO and OnePlus are using 5G technologies exclusive to Nokia and they do not pay for it. As WinFuture notes, “the dispute is specifically about the so-called ‘core patents’ that are fundamental to 5G standards.”
In July, the Mannheim district court took the initiative, saying that the ban would be avoided if OPPO and OnePlus reached an agreement with Nokia on patents. Looking at the point where we are now, no such agreement has been reached, which means that as of August 5, the smartphone ban for both Chinese companies came in Germany. The German websites of both companies no longer feature smartphones.
Ban Could Affect All European Countries
It should be noted that the ban does not affect support for currently sold phones, and companies are in a position to sell accessories such as headphones .
Still, the ban could spell disaster for phones like the newly launched OnePlus 10T if a deal isn’t made soon. WinFuture states that additional companies under the BBK Electronics umbrella (including Vivo and Realme) could face similar bans . Courts say companies must pay €2.50 per smartphone and sign a worldwide license agreement.
With this ongoing patent dispute, Nokia is now expanding its lawsuit against BBK Electronics subsidiaries. Countries where Nokia will act in the context of this case will be France, Spain, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom , meaning OPPO and OnePlus could face further sales bans in Europe if things aren’t resolved.