OPPO and Nokia Sign Agreement for 5G Patent Cross-Licensing

OPPO and Nokia end their two-year dispute over 5G network patents

  • OPPO and Nokia have signed a new agreement for patent usage.
  • Both companies will now share their patented 5G technologies.
  • OPPO will now be able to resume their smartphone sales in the EU region.

OPPO and Nokia have ended their disputes over 5G patents, and signed a new agreement for cross-licensing. Both companies will now work together to bring 5G-enabled smartphones across the world, where OPPO will be able to equip its devices with Nokia’s patented network technologies.

Previously, OPPO was restricted from selling certain smartphone models in some European countries due to disputes over royalty fees with Nokia. The new agreement will solve this issue, and OPPO is expected to resume its sales in the EU region soon.

The agreement between Nokia and OPPO will be valid globally, hence there won’t be any other further disputes over the same. While settling the matter amicably, Feng Ying, the Chief of Intellectual Property at OPPO said that both companies have immense mutual respect. Both parties will now have a long-term approach to serving their customers with the best services.

Aside from manufacturing smartphones, OPPO and Nokia also develop communications infrastructure all over the world, which includes setting up 5G towers, and all the equipment related to it such as transponders, network routers, access points, and more.

However, both companies were having some disagreements over the royalty fees, which are charged for the usage of these services. The matter was also taken to court, after which OPPO was asked to stop selling its smartphones in countries like Germany. However, this move was hurting both OPPO and Nokia and hence they decided to settle the matter.

OPPO’s smartphone division in India was unaffected by these issues, as the restrictions were mainly in the EU region. As the root cause of the problem has now been solved, OPPO and Nokia will not have any issues in expanding their businesses globally for 5G and other telecommunication services.