Sale of OPPO and OnePlus smartphones is banned in Germany (because of Nokia)

Deepak Gupta August 8, 2022
Updated 2022/08/08 at 9:33 PM

Smartphone sales have been hit by all the economic problems the world is facing. In this market, Apple, Samsung, OPPO, Vivo and Xiaomi are the names that appear in the tops of sales, but OPPO may suffer from a new restriction in a huge market such as Germany.

The OPPO brand, as well as OnePlus from the same group, are being banned from selling in Germany because of patents claimed by Nokia.

OPPO and OnePlus banned from selling in Germany

OPPO and OnePlus were forced to leave the German market because they cannot sell their smartphones in the country. Nokia filed a lawsuit against these companies of the same group for patent infringement. But interestingly, both companies signed an agreement for its use in 2018.

From the official stores of both brands it is currently impossible to buy any smartphones. In the case of OnePlus, for example, accessories and earbuds are still available, but phones and watches have been pulled from the store.

Sale of OPPO and OnePlus smartphones is banned in Germany (because of Nokia)

As a warning, the brands clarify that they continue to provide all assistance to customers regarding their devices, and the restrictions are only due to the sale of new products. Thus, guarantees and updates are maintained.

According to the German newspaper Wirtschaftswoche, OPPO was banned from marketing new smartphones after the ruling imposed by the Munich Regional Court 1, following a lawsuit filed by Nokia, alleging that the company did not have valid licenses for the use of certain 5G patents, a restriction that also applies to OnePlus. The German court began enforcement of an earlier judgment calling for the blocking of sales in Germany.

The two companies continue to reiterate that the use of the devices will not be compromised by this marketing impediment. Furthermore, OPPO guarantees that the action has been brought and is being carried out only in Germany, and that no other European country will be affected.

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