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Huawei and Oppo, patent agreement: one can use those of the other

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huawei and Oppo-find-n2-flip-high-expectations-and-price-similar-to-that-of-z-flip-4/">Oppo announce the achievement of a global patent cross-licensing agreement, including those on 5G. The press release is rather dry, and it is difficult to understand who will have more advantages. According to Oppo Chief Intellectual Property Officer Adler Feng, the deal is beneficial to both parties”. However, the feeling is that Huawei has been forced to open the armored doors where the numerous patents obtained over the years from the well-known vicissitudes of the US ban are kept, responsible for the vertical fall of the company which in the space of a couple of years has gone from the top of the smartphone landscape to more anonymous locations.

Huawei and Oppo are big rivals in the domestic market, such an agreement is not usual. No mention of economic value, but Huawei has made it clear in the past that it expects a major revenue boost from patent sharing. If the conditions are unchanged, this means that Oppo, Vivo and OnePlus (which are part of the same industrial group, BBK Electronics) will pay $2.50 for each device made through Huawei intellectual property. During the last quarter alone Oppo and Vivo sold over 50 million smartphones, so there is potentially a lot of money involved.

It will be necessary to understand whether the regulators will intervene – and the main suspects can only be those of the USA, the same ones who “crippled” Huawei during the Trump administration.

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After more than 20 years of continuous innovation, Huawei has developed several high-value patent portfolios in the global market in areas such as 5G, Wi-Fi and audio/video codecs,” said Alan Fan, number one in the Intellectual Property Department of Huawei. We are delighted to have reached a cross-license agreement with OPPO. Mutual recognition of the value of intellectual property among companies is an important step towards starting a positive cycle of innovation and research into high-value standards: investing, receiving returns from investments, and then reinvesting. This will enable our industry to continue to innovate and provide consumers with more competitive products and services.

We are very pleased to enter into a patent cross-licensing agreement with Huawei. It clearly demonstrates that the two companies highly recognize and respect the value of each other’s intellectual property. It’s a win-win deal,” Adler Feng assured. Chief Intellectual Property Officer of Oppo. As always, we will support the creation of a healthy and sustainable intellectual property ecosystem, where intellectual property licenses can be resolved through friendly negotiations and the value of each company’s patents are respected.

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