Following a legal case pitting them against Nokia, Oppo and OnePlus have suspended their sales of smartphones and connected watches in Germany. In question: the use of 4G and 5G technologies considered illegal. France is not worried.
The news is surprising: Oppo and OnePlus, two well-established brands in the European technology landscape, are suspending their sales of smartphones and connected watches in Germany. This is what we learn from an article by 9to5Google take stock of this rather strange situation.
In fact, if you take a look at the German sites of these two brands, both belonging to the Oplus group, you will see that they are quite empty. In Oppo’s, for example, there is no longer any section that leads to the presentation of products, their characteristics or even purchase links. By comparison, the manufacturer’s French site has a ” smart phones ” and other ” connected objectss” for your connected watches and wireless headphones.
On the side of the German OnePlus site, everything seems normal at first glance. But it is enough to look at the side of the online store, smartphone section, to realize that there is nothing on that side.
Same story for connected watches. don’t worry though a priori in other types of products.
Why do Oppo and OnePlus stop selling smartphones in Germany?
Obviously we wonder what could have caused such a situation. The answer must be sought on the side of German justice. In fact, a legal case pitted Nokia against Oppo and OnePlus. As a reminder, the Nokia brand is not only exploited in the smartphone market. It is also and above all a very important group in the telecommunications sector and, among other things, in 4G and 5G infrastructures.
However, the Finnish company attacked Oppo and OnePlus, accusing them of using their 4G and 5G technologies illegally. The two manufacturers were thus accused of not having paid the corresponding licenses to Nokia, which undoubtedly constitutes an infringement. In other words, it would be intellectual property theft. However, Oppo had appealed a first decision, but despite this attempt, the Mannheim court upheld the first sanction.
At that time, the risk of banishment already threatened sales of Oppo and OnePlus smartphones in Germany. It would seem that this risk has materialized.
We have contacted the French subsidiaries of Oppo and OnePlus about it. The first responded to us and is justified in particular by pointing the finger at a somewhat urban attitude on the part of Nokia.
As the owner of numerous 5G patents, Oppo values the role of intellectual property in innovation. We are used to establishing cross-licensing agreements with many leading companies and are committed to promoting a healthy ecosystem of intellectual property. The day after Oppo and Nokia’s 4G contract expired, Nokia immediately took legal action after demanding unreasonably high renewal fees.
In addition, Oppo ensures that it is already taking the necessary steps to return to normality, underlining, in passing, the temporary nature of this suspension.
Our long-term commitment to the German market remains the same and we are working proactively with affected parties to resolve the current issue. In addition to the temporary suspension of sales and marketing of affected products through Oppo-owned channels, Oppo will continue to operate in Germany. During this time, users can continue to use Oppo products, access after-sales services, receive future OS updates, and more.
France is not worried
Another legitimate question: is France affected by this temporary suspension of sales? No, Oppo replies. ” Other markets are not affected. The injunction is limited to a temporary suspension of sales and marketing of the affected products through Oppo-owned channels in Germany. “.
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