Nokia and OPPO News; A new judicial process begins between Nokia and OPPO. Nokia sued Chinese smartphone maker OPPO for patent infringement.
When the previously signed patent agreement between Nokia and OPPO was not extended, it became the subject of a new judicial process. Nokia is one of the first players in the mobile phone industry and therefore the Finland-based company holds many more patents than any other manufacturer.
Nokia already has licensing agreements with many smartphone manufacturers, but the number of lawsuits Nokia has filed against unauthorized use of its patents to protect its intellectual property is substantial. In parallel, Nokia sued the Chinese smartphone company OPPO for patent infringement in four countries, namely the UK, France, Germany and India.
While OPPO refused to renew Nokia’s license agreement that allowed certain patents to be used, this resulted in a judicial process between the two. It will take the arguments in Nokia’s recent lawsuits against Lenovo and Daimler to court proceedings that began with OPPO.
In its official statement, Nokia said that there were talks between the two companies, but OPPO decided to continue alone and rejected all offers. Here is Nokia’s description:
“We were negotiating with OPPO to renew our patent license agreement, but unfortunately they rejected our fair and reasonable offer. Litigation is always our last resort and we have offered to go to independent and impartial arbitration to settle the matter amicably. We still believe this will be the most constructive way forward.”
On the other hand, OPPO says Nokia’s action in this regard is “shocking” and accused the Finnish company of discrediting the patent license under fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) conditions.
The issue is reportedly not related to Nokia’s OZO Audio Technology, which OPPO uses in several of its smartphones, including the Find X series and Reno series. The patents belonging to Nokia, which OPPO infringed, were not disclosed.