Having alleged Oppo of using Nokia’s technology outside of a license agreement, the Finnish brand decided to file a lawsuit against the Chinese electronics company.
Due to conflicts between Nokia and Oppo, it appears that the two companies are bound for quite the legal clash following the Finnish company’s suing of the Chinese smartphone manufacturer for alleged patent infringement.
According to TechTimes, Nokia isn’t new suing fellow tech giants and, in fact, has been doing so for a number of years now. Not only that, there seems to be a recurring pattern of the Finnish company gaining wins.
A few years back, some may recall that Nokia won a lawsuit over Lenovo, as well Baimler, the company behind Mercedes-Benz. As a result, both opposing tech giants had no choice but to pay Nokia a sum of court-decided compensation for their patent infringement.
Following that fiasco was the forging of a licensing agreement (requiring the participation of Lenovo and Baimler) with Nokia as patent holder, placing the Finnish brand at an advantage.
Oppo is next in line.
Nokia’s next lawsuit opponent to defeat is Oppo, which it sued for multiple infringements of patents in various European and Asian countries such as India, France, Germany, and the UK.
In Germany alone, the Finnish company filed a total of 23 cases against Oppo, although the details on these numerous lawsuits have not yet been made available to the public.
The situation looks intense, but what exactly was it that could have sparked such fire?
Back in 2018, both Oppo and Nokia signed a confidential license agreement together that allowed Oppo to make use of Nokia’s security features and interface on its own brand’s devices, which the Chinese company agreed it would pay Nokia on the regular for.
Unfortunately, when Oppo chose later on to not renew the mutual deal, tensions between the two companies began to rise. Nokia claimed that discussions between both companies appeared to be progressing just before taking a sudden turn.
In the eyes of the Finnish company, the terms which it had laid out for Oppo to agree with are fair and reasonable, and it is now proceeding with its allegations against the brand for still utilizing patented Nokia features despite the fact that their shared license agreement is no longer valid.
A shock for the Chinese company.
Oppo’s response to Nokia’s lawsuit was one of surprise, stating that the latter was not being true to their license deal. The Chinese company mentioned that it has respect for, and protects both its own, and its third-party intellectual property rights, whilst remaining dedicated to benign patent licensing cooperation within the industry.
As far as Oppo is concerned, these unexpected legal actions being taken by Nokia are unreasonable. It may be important to note, however, that Oppo does make use of Nokia’s OZO Audio tech in its Rene and Find X series; a feature that is not part of the most recent lawsuit.
A recent July 4 report has revealed that Oppo will be including OnePlus as its flagship smartphone, right next to the former’s Find X series once the two Chinese tech companies have properly merged. If these lawsuits don’t seem to scare you off from giving Oppo and its products a fair shot, perhaps an Oppo Reno 4 Pro could tick all the boxes off on your smartphone checklist.