After Oppo and OnePlus too I live stopped selling its smartphones in Germany after Nokia filed suit over some patents.
The vivo online shop has been closed as shown in the image posted below. In April, a German court ruled in Nokia’s favour, ruling that vivo infringed a Nokia patent on Wi-Fi connections in its smartphones. For the same reason, Oppo and OnePlus had to temporarily withdraw from the German market.
Without warning, all products disappeared from the vivo website and German consumers could no longer buy vivo smartphones. Anyone who accesses the portal is only confronted with the laconic message that “vivo products are currently not available”, but owners of vivo smartphones will continue to receive help and software updates.
It is worth remembering that the patent lawsuit originated from Nokia’s Finnish subsidiary, which supplies devices and components, and not from HMD Global, which now operates the smartphone business under the Nokia brand.
What will happen in the coming months is difficult to predict at the moment, but if Alive really intends to stay in Germany (and Europe), as he has stated in the past, a solution must be found. And fast.