Xiaomi’s dream run in India has been abruptly halted by a court order that has asked the Chinese mobile phones giant to stop the sale of all its handsets in India with immediate effect. According to NDTV, the Delhi High Court has asked Xiaomi to halt the import and sale of its handsets in India with immediate effect. The report adds that the order was passed following a complaint by Ericsson – which claimed that several of Xiaomi’s phones on sale in India infringed on its patents.
SpicyIP reports that the Delhi High Court order is an “ex parte injunction order against Xiaomi for infringement of Ericsson’s patents”. It adds that the patents that have been reportedly infringed upon belong to the FRAND category. This means that it comes under essential technologies which can be licensed by Ericsson for a fee. Xiaomi seems to have side stepped Ericsson here before launching its phones in India. Ericsson claims that it had warned Xiaomi back in July about the licensing issue. Xiaomi however chose not to respond. At this stage it is unclear as to how Xiaomi plans to counter this move by Ericsson.
With the new court order in place, Xiaomi and its partner Flipkart (who has also been named in the complaint) would not be able to conduct the weekly sales of Xiaomi phones which have been over the course of the past few months making waves across India. In fact, even the import of Xiaomi handsets have been banned.
Manu Jain, Xiaomi’s India head has told India Today that they are currently evaluating the situation and would do all things necessary to remedy the situation.
“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,” Jain added.
Xiaomi currently sells the Redmi 1S and the Redmi Note in India. In a few days time, it was also planning to launch the 4G version of the Note in India in partnership with Airtel. At this stage it is unclear if those sales would go as scheduled. Xiaomi also plans to bring their flagship, the Xiaomi MI4 to India early next year.
This is not the first time Xiaomi has run into trouble in India. A few weeks ago, there was a huge outcry in India over the security aspects of Xiaomi handsets following a warning issued by the Indian Navy over the use of their phones.