Things Are Finally Looking Up For OPPO In Europe

Things Are Finally Looking Up For OPPO In Europe
  • For the past two years, OPPO has been involved in a patent battle with Nokia over 5G patents.

  • The lawsuit forced OPPO to leave key markets in Europe, including Germany.

  • OPPO has announced a global cross-licensing agreement with Nokia.

OPPO has been embroiled in a legal battle with Nokia over the use of 5G patents in its devices for the past two years, and the litigation has limited the Chinese manufacturer's efforts to gain a foothold in Europe. A German court has sided with Nokia, claiming that OPPO failed to pay the Finnish manufacturer royalties for using its key 5G patents. The move eventually forced OPPO to abandon the German market entirely last year, but after some trials and tribulations, things have finally started to change.

The two brands were unable to agree on the amount of royalties paid to Nokia, so OPPO went to the Chinese courts, which unsurprisingly sided with the Chinese phone brand. Nokia disagrees with the verdict and points out that these figures refer only to China and not to global markets.

OPPO has announced that it has signed a global cross-licensing agreement covering Nokia's 5G patents, so it's clear that both sides have been able to reach an amount they're happy with. OPPO did not disclose the amount and only said the agreement resolves all legal disputes between the two entities.

Other Chinese phone brands have had to sign similar deals with Nokia in the past, and this essentially opens the door for OPPO to start selling its devices in Europe again. OPPO hasn't revealed any additional information, but with Mobile World Congress just a month away, we'll soon learn more about the brand's plans for the region. We will also be able to see the global debut of the Find X7 Ultra.

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