Nokia has now scored a new Patent lawsuit win over OPPO in the UK. This win may force OPPO out of the UK market if it doesn’t enter a UK court-determined FRAND license with Nokia.
It seems that OPPO wanted to accept a FRAND rate determined by a Chinese court. But the UK court declared that Nokia had no obligation to accept the Chinese court’s FRAND determination.
This FRAND trial was granted to Nokia when London-based High court found OPPO in violation of Nokia patent in January 2023. Nokia reportedly forced OPPO out of German market using the same patent violation lawsuit. The patent in question was verified as a SEP patent by this ruling.
This judgment may well lead to ban of OPPO smartphone sales in the UK too. As per the report, further hearings will consider arguments from Nokia and OPPO. OPPO may be planning to appeal against this judgement in the UK even after facing injunction in Germany.
Nokia has already forced Realme the third brand from the house of BBK Group to leave German market after VIVO and OPPO. This development came after a German court found VIVO in infringement of Nokia patents and ruled in Nokia’s Favour. Nokia forced OPPO out of lucrative German smartphone market after scoring two consecutive Patent lawsuits.
Mannheim Regional Court in Germany found OPPO in violation of Nokia’s SEPs which cover 4G and 5G technology. This win not only declared OPPO in the infringement of Nokia’s SEP Patents also prohibited it to sell its smartphones in Germany. Nokia may have already sued the infringing company OPPO in Australia and other markets.
Nokia filed patent infringement complaints against OPPO in multiple markets across Europe and Asia in 2021. Nokia had secured a multi-year patent deal with OPPO in 2018 which expired in 2021.
In recent times Nokia has signed royalty-bearing licensing agreements with likes of Lenovo, Samsung, Xiaomi, Apple, LG, and Blackberry. You can check our full coverage of Nokia’s patent licensing news here.