On April 13th, the Mannheim District Court in Germany ruled in favor of Nokia in a patent case against vivo. The lawsuit involved Nokia’s 4G standard essential patents (SEPs), which may result in vivo products being unable to be sold in Germany.
The response of vivo to this judgment result is as follows:
“vivo highly regards intellectual property rights and recognizes their significance. We have established cross-licensing agreements with various prominent companies, which were founded on mutual respect for the value of patents.”
“We regret learning of the first-instance ruling made by the Mannheim District Court in Germany, and have prepared accordingly. If necessary, we will suspend sales and marketing of relevant products through official channels in Germany. We are also appealing the first-instance ruling while evaluating further measures. Meanwhile, we will continue to adhere to the ‘FRAND’ principle and negotiate with Nokia to resolve related issues.”
“Our long-term strategy for the German market will not change, and we will continue to operate in Germany. Users can continue to enjoy our services as usual. Markets outside of Germany are not affected.”
It is worth mentioning that in July of last year, the Mannheim Regional Court in Germany ruled that OPPO had infringed on Nokia’s patents and granted Nokia an injunction against OPPO. Some devices from OPPO and OnePlus were banned from being sold in Germany.