Global Smartphone Shipment Rankings: Apple Overtakes Samsung, OPPO Maintains 4th Place
Looking at the current global smartphone market, the landscape seems to have settled. OPPO remains a steadfast presence, showcasing its outstanding overall strength and robust research and development capabilities. This also led Nokia to capitulate recently, formalizing a 5G patent cross-licensing agreement with OPPO.
The patent battle between OPPO and Nokia can be described as one of the largest and longest-running legal disputes in the mobile industry in recent years, spanning over two years since 2021. Originating from Nokia’s pursuit of increased profits, they sued OPPO, demanding compensation of billions of dollars for patent infringements. However, leveraging its technology accumulation and numerous patents in the 5G field, OPPO successfully countersued, leading to a resolution that turned swords into ploughshares.
It may come as a surprise to many that OPPO is one of the principal rights holders of essential patents for global 5G standards. As of December 31st of last year, OPPO had completed over 5,900 families of global patent applications, spanning across over 40 countries and regions. Additionally, OPPO has declared over 3,300 families of 5G standard patents to ETSI and submitted more than 11,000 standard documents to 3GPP.
While Nokia’s contributions to 5G patents are undeniable, the strength of domestic technology companies should not be underestimated.