Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has been banned for selling its smartphone in India until February 5. And to be very clear, this is not related to the recent data leakage claims or security reasons. Xiaomi has been slapped for infringing Ericsson’s patents.
Delhi High Court found Xiaomi guilty of infringing over eight Standard, Essential Patents (SEPs) held by Ericsson. Judge also directed custom officials to stop the import of Xiaomi devices in India. Local commissioners have also been ordered to visit Xiaomi India offices to check if they are following the court’s order.
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Ericsson claims that it has been trying to engage Xiaomi in conversation regarding this for more than three years. But nothing was done from Xiaomi’s side and they simply ignored Ericsson’s repeated communications.
India is very important market for Xiaomi and this is a big shock for the company. Xiaomi’s India Operations Head Manu Jain confirmed that they are currently evaluating the situation based on the information. They will come up with a proper solution in coming days.
Xiaomi’s Redmi 1S and Redmi Note smartphones are still avilable on Flipkart.
This is not the first time when a company is found guilty infringing patents. Homegrown company Micromax was also ordered to pay rotality up to 1% of the selling price of its devices to Ericsson for using its patents on technologies. Gionee and Intex were also found guilty for infringing Ericsson’s patents.