Oppo has a plan to end its global patent fight with Nokia

Oppo and Nokia have been in a 5G patent dispute for over two years. One consequence of the disagreement was Oppo being blocked from selling its devices in Europe. Now, Oppo has urged Nokia to follow the global 5G royalty rates set by a Chinese local court and put an end to their patent-fee feud.
The dispute between the two companies over global licensing fees was taken to the Chongqing First Intermediate People’s Court. The court recently ruled in favor of Oppo, setting lower royalty rates for Nokia’s standard essential patents for 2G to 5G technologies.
Oppo has welcomed the court’s decision, and has agreed to pay $0.707 to $1.151 per unit, depending on different markets. The smartphone maker hopes that Nokia will also comply with the decision, “so that both parties can quickly return to constructive negotiations.” Nokia’s website states that it charges a maximum licensing fee of €3 ($3.24) per 5G smartphone.
Nokia, in a statement to the South China Morning Post, said they would appeal to the ruling, emphasizing that it only applies to the Chinese jurisdiction and represents a single viewpoint. “Courts outside of China have confirmed that Oppo is in breach of its commitments as a user of Nokia’s technology in open standards. We remain confident of our position in the overall dispute and are hoping to resolve the matter soon,” it added.
Last year, Oppo lost a lawsuit for patent infringement against Nokia in Germany. As a result, the company is not allowed to sell some of its handsets in Germany. Oppo has removed most of its products from its German website. Earlier this year, an Indian court ordered Oppo to pay Nokia a licensing fee equal to 23% of the Chinese company’s local sales.
Vivo, which is a sister company of Oppo, faced lawsuits from Nokia that were similar in nature. As a result, Vivo stopped selling its products in Germany in May.

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