One of China’s major smartphone makers, Vivo Mobile has officially stopped selling its products in one of Europe’s top countries, Germany. This was due to a lawsuit initiated by Nokia regarding patents involving connectivity technology and 5G.
It now faces the same problems that OnePlus and OPPO faced in the past, after a verdict of the Mannheim Regional Court in favor of Nokia, in the case of the accusation that many Vivo smartphones infringe patents of the Finnish company.
Thus, it suspends the sale of its products in Germany, so much so that, when accessing the official website of the Chinese brand in the country, a blank page is displayed saying that “Vivo products are not available in Germany”.
Considering that Vivo did not want to pay the Nokia patent licenses in question, the company went to court and had this decision in its favor. It is also taking action in other countries, but it has been known since April that Vivo would stop selling its devices in German territory.
Thus, official distribution was suspended, and a few units can still be found in stores. On the other hand, Vivo Mobile still operates in other countries in the region, such as Scandinavia and Holland, while Nokia is not able to advance in the process in these places. Still, the brand says it wants to continue selling in Germany, and wants to strike a deal with Nokia.