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OPPO and Sisvel end standard essential patent dispute with 3G/4G license

23 July 2021

Today OPPO and Sisvel announced the companies settled their multi-jurisdictional dispute, resulting in a license that allows for OPPO’s use of certain cellular technology covered by standard essential patents (SEPs) owned by Mitsubishi Electric and Sisvel. The three parties have been litigating cellular SEP-related issues around the world since 2019, including jurisdictions in China, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as actions at the CNIPA Patent Review Board and the EPO Opposition Division.

The cellular patent portfolio of Sisvel and Mitsubishi Electric includes over 120 patent families (comprising over 1800 individual patents) deemed essential to the cellular standards. While Mitsubishi Electric is the original inventor of its patents, the patents held by Sisvel originate from smartphone manufacturers LGE, Blackberry (formerly Research In Motion), Nokia, the French telecom operator Orange, and the Chinese R&D institute Langbo. These companies all participated in the innovative work that contributed to the creation of the 3G and 4G telecommunication standards that are used all around the world.

“OPPO advocates for a healthy intellectual property ecosystem, and highly respects all intellectual property rights and their values,” said Adler Feng, Senior Director of Intellectual Property at OPPO. He added: “OPPO welcomes the settlement under reasonable royalty fees between licensors and licensees through friendly negotiations.”

“This deal proves that also complex and multi-jurisdiction confrontations can be resolved when the right conditions are met: Sisvel strongly advocates for a healthy innovation ecosystem that simplifies access to key technologies and that guarantees adequate incentives to innovate further.” said Mattia Fogliacco, President of Sisvel. He added: “We are pleased to see this deal validate the relevance of the Mitsubishi Electric and Sisvel portfolios and further contributes to achieve a level playing field.”

About OPPO

OPPO is a leading global smart device brand. Since the launch of its first mobile phone - “Smiley Face” - in 2008, OPPO has been in relentless pursuit of the perfect synergy of aesthetic satisfaction and innovative technology. Today, OPPO provides a wide range of smart devices spearheaded by the Find and Reno series. Beyond devices, OPPO provides its users with the ColorOS operating system and internet services like OPPO Cloud and OPPO+. OPPO operates in more than 50 countries and regions, with 6 Research Institutes and 5 R&D Centers worldwide, as well as an International Design Center in London. More than 40,000 of OPPO's employees are dedicated to creating a better life for customers around the world.

About Sisvel

Sisvel is a world leader in fostering innovation and managing IP. The group identifies, evaluates and maximizes the value of IP assets for its partners around the world, providing firms with a revenue stream which can be reinvested in innovation for the generation of future revenues. Sisvel has more than 35 years’ experience in the management of successful patent portfolios, including those relating to audio compression standards (MP3 and MPEG audio), as well as broadcasting and digital terrestrial television standards maintained by the Digital Video Broadcasting Project. Sisvel operates patent pools and joint licensing programs in the fields of mobile communication, wireless local area networking 802.11, video coding, digital video broadcasting, recommendation engines and broadband access to data networks.

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