Ericsson Blocks Xiaomi’s India Run by Securing Ban on Sale and Import of Smartphones

December 13, 2014, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Following alleged infringement of Ericsson’s Standard Essential Patents, Xiaomi is in deep water as Delhi High Court on Wednesday granted an ex parte injunction order against the Chinese smartphone manufacturer.

The interim order bans Xiaomi from selling, importing, manufacturing and marketing its smartphone devices in the Indian market following accusations by Ericsson of patency violation of eight mobile phones in various technology standards like AMR, EDGE and 3G.

E-commerce platform Flipkart, which has been the sole partner for Xiaomi’s online sales, has also been brought under the injunction. Summons have been issued to Xiaomi and Flipkart for submitting the sales figures and profits from the sales till date.

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A team of three local commissioners has been appointed by the court to seal infringing mobiles in their offices, after which a report will be submitted within four weeks. Inspection of Xiaomi and Flipkart offices will be carried out for further assessment. Customs authorities have also been directed to restrict the import of Xiaomi smartphones.

Several sources have quoted Xiaomi as saying that they are yet to receive an official statement from the High Court. They added that an evaluation would be carried out over the scenario as Indian market remains the key area for the company.

Ericsson had previously filed patent infringement lawsuit against companies like Micromax, Gionee, and Intex. Ericsson also entered into a legal battle with Samsung back in 2012, when a lawsuit was filed by the Swedish company for breach of voice transmission, touch-screen functions and network efficiency patents. The duo reached a cross-licensing agreement in 2014, with the South Korean manufacturers paying $650 million to Ericsson.

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