Nokia and OPPO resolve feud with global 5G cross-license patent agreement

Nokia and OPPO had a lengthy legal dispute that went across Australia, Asia, and Europe. It involved a patent infringement lawsuit that ended up with OPPO and OnePlus phones and smartwatches being halted from sale in Germany.

Now, the two have resolved pending litigations in all jurisdictions by signing a global patent cross-license agreement, which covers standard-essential patents in 5G and other cellular communication technologies. So, what will happen?

Simple. OPPO will make royalty payments to Nokia and catch-up payments to cover non-payment periods. But the exact terms are not disclosed to the public.

“We are pleased to have reached this global patent cross-license agreement with Nokia, which includes cross-licensing for 5G standard-essential patents,” said Feng Ying, chief intellectual property officer at OPPO.

This isn’t the only agreement Nokia has signed this month. The Finnish firm has secured a deal with the US federal government and launched the Nokia Federal Solutions. NFS will meet the requirements of US Federal Agencies to use Nokia’s tech and product lineup, such as IP routing, optical networking, private wireless and tactical private wireless, and 5G.

At the start of 2024, Nokia and HONOR signed a 5G patent license agreement covering the parties’ 5G inventions and other cellular technologies.

Nokia was once a powerful player in the mobile market segment during the years of basic phones. Despite its less impact in the smartphone unit sales today, Nokia’s years of experience and about 20,000 patent families still make it a key force in mobile technology.

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