The Delhi High Court has passed an ex parte injunction order against Xiaomi for infringing on Ericsson’s Standard Essential Patents
After facing backlash from Indian officials in October 2014 for reportedly “stealing and snooping data”, popular Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is embroiled in a new controversy. The Delhi High Court has passed an ex parte injunction order against Xiaomi for infringing on Ericsson’s Standard Essential Patents (SEPs), as reported by SpicyIP. This move comes after Xiaomi failed to respond to Ericsson’s repeated communications over this patents issue, the report further said.
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This order stops the Chinese manufacturer from selling, advertising, manufacturing or importing devices that infringe upon Ericsson’s patents. However, it is not clear if the order will impact all Xiaomi devices sold in India or specific devices that violate the patents. SpicyIP also reports that local commissioners have been appointed to visit Xiaomi’s offices to ensure the implementation of these orders.
Xiaomi India Head, Manu Jain, told e27, “We haven’t received an official notice from the Delhi High Court yet. However, our legal team is currently evaluating the situation based on the information we have.”
“India is a very important market for Xiaomi and we will respond promptly as needed and in full compliance with Indian laws. Moreover, we are open to working with Ericsson to resolve this matter amicably,” he added.
Xiaomi launched its India operations in July 2014 in partnership with Flipkart, where it sells phones exclusively through weekly flash sales. It has offered good features at an affordable price-point to Indian consumers, posing a threat to many Indian brands. However, the brand has also faced negative publicity due to its flash sales that are over with in a few seconds, leaving the consumers disappointed. Industry experts have also criticised the brand for creating artificial scarcity.
India is one of the fastest growing markets for Xiaomi and it is currently selling the Redmi Note in India. It recently announced that 75,000 units of the Xiaomi Redmi Note up for sale in the second flash sale went out of stock in just eight seconds.
Law suits filed by Ericsson
Ericsson still continues to hold essential patents for a number of technologies in various markets. In a similar matter last year, Ericsson sued Indian handset-maker Micromax on charges of patent infringement. Early this year, Intex was also taken to court on similar charges.
Micromax, on the other hand, complained that Ericsson was abusing its dominant position in charging higher royalty on technology patents. This led to a probe by Indian antitrust regulator Competition Commission of India (CCI) into Ericsson’s trade practices. After a long fight, the Delhi High Court recently asked Micromax to pay royalty to Ericsson.
This post was originally published on e27