Xiaomi Devices Banned in India due to Patent Infringement
The Delhi High Court in India has issued an injunction against Xiaomi as it found that the Chinese manufacturer has infringed on Erisson patents. With the injunction, Xiaomi is banned from selling, manufacturing and importing any of their gadgets into India. The prohibition will be in effect until February next year.
Ericsson has issued a statement explaining that Xiaomi has infringed eight patents regarding the 3G, EDGE and AMR technologies.
“Ericsson’s commitment to the global support of technology and innovation is undisputed. It is unfair for Xiaomi to benefit from our substantial R&D investment without paying a reasonable licensee fee for our technology.
After more than 3 years of attempts to engage in a licensing conversation in good faith, for products compliant with the GSM, EDGE, and UMTS/WCDMA standards Xiaomi continues to refuse to respond in any way regarding a fair license to Ericsson’s intellectual property on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms. Ericsson, as a last resort, had to take legal action.
To continue investing in research and enabling the development of new ideas, new standards and new platforms to the industry, we must obtain a fair return on our R&D investments. We look forward to working with Xiaomi to reach a mutually fair and reasonable conclusion, just as we do with all of our licensees.”
The Delhi High Court has on top of the injunction, ordered the tech company and Flipkart to provide a list on all the details of the devices that used the infringed technologies as well as provide documents stating the revenue generated from the sales of said devices.
The head of Xiaomi in India, Manu Jain has expressed that the company is set on resolving the issue as per his statement that reads:
“While we haven’t received an official notice from the Delhi High Court, 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.”
Xiaomi issued a further statement explaining the situation to consumers and anyone interested to own a Xiaomi device:
“We have been committed to continue our sales of Redmi Note and Redmi 1S devices in India. In the last 2 days alone, we received about 150,000 registrations for Redmi Note on Flipkart and the momentum has been terrific.
However, we have been forced to suspend sales until further notice due to an order passed by the Delhi High Court. As a law abiding company, we are investigating the matter carefully and assessing our legal options.
Our sincere apologies to all Indian Mi fans! Please rest assured that we’re doing all we can to revert the situation. We have greatly enjoyed our journey with you in India over the last 5 months and we firmly intend to continue it!”
As per the statement, the sales ban has been confirmed by Xiaomi but the company will be focusing all its efforts on resolving this matter especially since India is an emerging market and the devices have been doing so well in the country.
But before anyone thinks all hope is lost, the Delhi High Court did give the company permission to continue the sales of any of the gadgets that are powered by Qualcomm’s chipsets. The company will be able to continue sales of these products in India until next month.
Hence, the 3G variant of the Redmi Note will not be able to be sold in India. However, Xiaomi will be releasing the 4G variant that runs on a Qualcomm CPU before the year. The Redmi 1S that runs on a Snapdragon 400 CPU will also likely remain on sale in the country.
This is a significant blow to Xiaomi and it doesn’t seem like an issue that will go away any time soon. For our readers from India, we will definitely be following this story closely as it develops so that you know everything there is to know if you were hoping to own a Xiaomi device!
Source: Digital Trends