Court orders Xiaomi to stop selling its devices in India, following complaints by Ericsson

“The court injunction has been passed following a complaint by Ericsson that alleges patent infringement by Xiaomi.”

Update: The Delhi High Court has asked both Xiaomi and Flipkart to cease selling devices in India until February 5th, which is when the court is scheduled to hear Ericsson’s patent infringement petition again.

Xiaomi Redmi 1s_7It looks like Xiaomi’s winning streak in India has hit a roadblock, with the Delhi High Court issuing an ex-parte interim injunction against the Chinese smartphone brand. The order prevents Xiaomi from selling, importing, advertising or manufacturing devices that infringe upon Ericsson’s Standard Essential Patents (SEPs). The news was first reported by the publication SpicyIP, which stated that the judge had ordered customs officials to halt the import of Xiaomi devices, and even appointed local commissioners to ensure the implementation of the order. Ericsson has a history of mounting litigation against smartphone manufacturers, including Micromax, Gionee and Intex. The publication states that the judge passed the drastic order because Xiaomi reportedly did not respond to repeated communications from Ericsson regarding the matter.

The folks over at Medianama have indicated that Flipkart, which is Xiaomi’s official retail partner in India, has also been asked to comply with the order. 

Medianama also received a response from Manu Jain, Xiaomi’s India head, on the matter:

“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.”

The order has the potential to cause significant damage to Xiaomi, which has only been operating in India for a few months. The company sells its smartphones here exclusively through Flipkart via weekly flash sales. All three of its smartphones that have been launched so far – the Mi 3, Redmi 1s and Redmi Note – have been very popular, selling out in a matter of seconds week after week. It’s unclear at this time if the company will have to comply with the order and how exactly will things play out in the coming days. 

The next Xiaomi flash sale is scheduled for December 16th, where the Redmi Note is set to go on sale for the third time. The Redmi 1s is currently available to purchase without pre-registration on Flipkart. At the time of writing this article, both devices are still listed on the online retailer. We’ll bring you more on the developments of this story when we have more details. 

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Ketaki has over 9 years experience writing on tech, having worked at the Hindu Business Line earlier. Based in Bangalore, her location keeps her away from most of the chaos at 91mobiles HQ. When she's not editing or writing, Ketaki spends her time entertaining her dog Zoe, binge-watching Netflix and reading fantasy fiction.
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