Vivo may comply with in Oppo’s footsteps by suspending gross sales in Germany

Patent disputes for everyone

Simply final week, Oppo defined that it might be suspending gross sales in Germany attributable to an ongoing patent dispute with Nokia. Following in its sister firm’s footsteps, fellow BBK Electronics sub-brand Vivo may very well be the subsequent cellphone producer to halt its operations within the nation.

In a assertion issued on Tuesday, Vivo stated that it had been unable to strike a cope with Nokia about renewing license agreements and firmly positioned blame on the Finnish company’s incapability to supply truthful, cheap, and non-discriminatory phrases. Vivo added that the District Court docket of Mannheim in Germany ruling may drive it to briefly pull the plug on its German operations. The corporate went on to state that it might enchantment the choice and proceed to barter with Nokia in hopes of a decision.


The dispute in query started as a patent problem the place German courts discovered that cellphone producers have been utilizing Nokia’s belongings with out having the correct licenses to take action. In its negotiations with Oppo, Nokia requested a €2.50 payout for every smartphone the corporate offered. It is unclear if these phrases have been similar or related for Vivo.

Regardless of the specter of suspending gross sales, Vivo assured its clients that it is nonetheless dedicated to the German market in the long term and that this ongoing dispute should not have an effect on its enterprise exterior the nation. Vivo hasn’t formally confirmed that its telephones will probably be banned from Germany, however a rejection of its enchantment may result in that within the close to future.

Although Vivo might not be capable to promote its telephones in Germany, the Chinese language firm remains to be readying a lineup of latest units that will probably be made accessible this yr. Amongst them will probably be a pair of foldables, the Vivo X Fold 2 and the X Flip, which can launch on April 20. Alongside the telephones would be the Vivo Pad 2, which the corporate has confirmed will debut as its subsequent pill.

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