Oppo and OnePlus can no longer sell smartphones in Germany! Chinese manufacturer Oppo lost a patent lawsuit with Finnish manufacturer Nokia, which sued and won. Find out what this means for these manufacturers and you as a customer in this article!
- Oppo and OnePlus can no longer sell smartphones in Germany
- Inventory still available for sale
- Security updates and add-ons will always be available
Oppo must officially stop sales in Germany. The message has been circulating online for a few days, warming people’s minds. However, Oppo’s smartphones are not the only ones affected, as Oppo’s acquisition of OnePlus some time ago also affected OnePlus’ products. The incident was due to a patent dispute with Nokia, which a Munich court ruled in the Finnish manufacturer’s favor.
Oppo Find X5 Pro may no longer be available in Germany soon / © kwgeek
The lawsuit concerns a patent agreement Oppo and Nokia struck several years ago. The agreement expires in 2021, with Nokia taking the case directly to several European courts. A German court has now obtained a sales injunction as the Chinese group did not have a global license to sell each smartphone at 2.50 euros.
However, the current stock is still on sale, which will allow some mobile operators and online stores like Amazon to continue to offer Oppo and OnePlus smartphones in their offers. On the manufacturer’s official website, on the other hand, it is a stellar vacuum of the “smartphone” product range.
What does this mean for you, OnePlus and Oppo customers?
The most important question now is: what does this mean to you? Oppo has assured that its activities in Germany will continue. One might think that this decision only concerns Germany, but it is not. In fact, since Nokia is also suing Oppo and OnePlus in France, we will soon have a similar situation at home.
Users will be able to continue to receive updates for their smartphones and purchase corresponding accessories. However, the two brands will not be releasing new smartphones at the moment.
Resellers can sell products from other countries, but Nokia can also intervene in such situations. In fact, in theory, Nokia is entitled to a customs seizure in this case.
What do you think of this sales ban? Let’s discuss it in the comments!