Journalists of the Kommersant news publication today, July 19, reported that in the filing of arbitration cases in Russia there is a claim of Nokia Technologies Oy (a division of the Finnish Nokia Corporation) against DS Communication LLC and CSN Retail LLC. The lawsuit states that the Finnish manufacturer demands to ban the sale of the Oppo Reno 5 smartphone in Russia – this claim has already been accepted by the Moscow Arbitration Court for proceedings, but the first court hearing will take place only in early December. The reason for filing a claim, which is quite expected in the smartphone market, is patent infringement.
Nokia Corporation officials said Oppo has released a smartphone that infringes on two of the manufacturer’s patents. The first violation is the appropriation of technology that allows the smartphone to continuously provide communication services in the scenario where the user’s device switches from one base station to another. The second patent is simpler in technical terms – Nokia said that Oppo appropriated their technology for quick access to certain smartphone functions through a touch gesture, aka swipe. Nokia received its first patent back in 2004, and the second in 2012.
Moreover, Nokia representatives have already filed several claims in Europe and Asia at once – apparently, the manufacturer wants to get a ban on the sale of the model not only in Russia. It is important to clarify that previously a partnership agreement was concluded between Oppo and Nokia for the use of the patents of the Finnish brand, but it expired in 2018 and Oppo did not renew its leadership. Now, apparently, the companies will either come to a peace agreement in a pre-trial format, or DNS, the largest retailer in Russia, risks losing an impressive amount, because smartphones imported into the country cannot be sold.