Nokia may not be as popular as it used to be in mainstream tech, but the fruit of their innovation are still around. In fact, Nokia is making bucks by signing licensing agreements for other tech companies to use their patents.
That said, it’s no surprise that the Finnish company is overprotective of its patents. Hence, they’ve filed lawsuits against companies who use their technology without permission.
One of the latest names to get a patent infringement lawsuit from Nokia is OPPO. As per the report, the Chinese company is getting sued in four countries: India, France, Germany, and India.
Apparently, OPPO didn’t renew its licensing agreement with Nokia back in 2018, which allowed them to use certain patents of the former.
It looks like Nokia could win this suit as they are apparently using the same legal team that won them a previous patent dispute with Lenovo and Daimler.
As per Nokia, the negotiations between them and OPPO had happened, but the latter still decided to go on their own and reject Nokia’s offers. You can read Nokia’s full statement below.
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.– Nokia
Update: OPPO responded to the issue by saying that Nokia’s action is “shocking” and accused the Finnish company of dishonoring the patent licensing under fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms. OPPO added;
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.– OPPO