Vivo Ceases All Operations In Germany Following Nokia Patent Infringement Case

Vivo Ceases All Operations In Germany Following Nokia Patent Infringement Case
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  • Vivo's patent disputes escalated and the company shut down its operations in Germany.
  • The company's German website only lists the April court decision, and the main page is a farewell message to users.
  • Reports suggest that Vivo may be forced out of Poland, even though subsidiary OPPO is set to release a new phone in the region.

Several Chinese subsidiaries have been locked in patent disputes with Vivo for months. The new development highlights the sad reality OEMs are living with today.

German publication Winfuture reports that Vivo's patent case has unfortunately resulted in the Chinese manufacturer withdrawing from Germany and shutting down all consumer product operations.

As a result, consumers in the country cannot buy new Vivo phones and other similar devices.

Since Vivo ceased operations in Germany, the Chinese brand's website in this country has been completely stripped of all past practices and advertising. Only two things remain: the April press release about the Mannheim court decision and the farewell message on the home page.

According to the farewell message, according to machine translation, Vivo stated that the products are no longer available in Germany and that device information will not be available on the website in the future. However, owners of Vivo devices can continue to use them as usual as the company's customer support will be on hand to provide any assistance and their devices will receive software updates.

The Mannheim court annulled the order to stop the sale and marketing of the product until a reasonable agreement is reached between Vivo and the Finnish Nokia brand. The two companies have been in talks for some time, though Vivo believes Nokia will not grant a reverse license on FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) terms. So everything went wrong.

BBK Electronics' subsidiary is in a patent dispute with Nokia over 5G technology until the end of summer 2022. At that time, OPPO and OnePlus had a tough time in Germany, as they were forced to stop selling in Germany

Vivo is rumored to be pulling out of Poland, another European country, due to a recent patent dispute with Nokia. Interestingly, OPPO is set to launch the new Reno 10 series in Poland, with no signs of ongoing legal battles in Poland.

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