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Nokia litigation: Lenovo allowed to resell computers

Last updated on March 9, 2021

In the legal dispute with Nokia , the sales ban on Lenovo products has been suspended. Thinkpads and other devices can be ordered online again.

The Munich court has initially suspended the sales ban against Lenovo. (Image: CC0 1.0 )

In an official statement, Lenovo confirmed: The company may initially sell PCs and other hardware again. For example, the company's own online shop in Germany is to sell products such as Thinkstations, Thinkpads, yoga notebooks and other products again. "We are pleased that the Munich Higher Regional Court has granted our application to suspend the enforcement of the Munich judgment in return for security, as it is highly unlikely that the decision on appeal will be upheld," Lenovo wrote in a statement.

The product range will be activated in the near future. In addition, the suspension of the restrictions only applies until the end of the appeal. Such legal proceedings usually take a few months to reach a decision. However, that is not certain.

Fair conditions for H.264 required

"We remain committed to resolving this matter under fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) conditions. We continue to believe that Nokia has violated its own legal obligations by refusing to use its technology To license FRAND terms to Lenovo or our third party vendors, " Lenovo continues. The company is not the only one that could in theory be sued by Nokia . In principle, all manufacturers who sell devices compatible with the H.264 standard could be affected – mostly hardware with a processor. In addition to Lenovo, the car company Daimler is also affected by a lawsuit.

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In Lenovo's view, Nokia is opposed to the fair use of the ubiquitous H.264 standard. A legal defense against the lawsuit is also important so as not to "hinder customer access to affordable innovations" .

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