The Delhi High Court has ordered Xiaomi to stop sales, advertising, manufacturing or importing of phones in India, because Xiaomi infringes Ericsson patents. Now reportedly granted an ex parte injunction order against Xiaomi for allegedly infringing on Ericsson’s Standard Essential Patents (SEPs).
Ericsson has manged to get injunction against Xiaomi, which eventually prevents the latter from selling phones in India. Reports also indicate that Flipkart is also implicated in the case, and that the Delhi High Cout granted the injunction after Xiaomi did not respond to Ericsson’s missives.
According to Ericsson, the company had tried contacting Xiaomi several times in the past but were ignored. When asked regarding the injunction, Xiaomi India Head Manu Jain said they haven’t received any notice from the Court but will work with the court and Ericsson to resolve the matter.
Ericsson to protect its SEPs in the Indian legal system, has been fighting manufacturers, which it includes a lawsuite against Micromax last yaer. Micromax has reponded with counter-allegations that Ericsson was abusing its dominant position in charging higher royalty on GSM technology patents, and the Competition Commission of India said that it would look into the matter soon.
As per the SpiceIP reports, the Delhi High Court has under IPR Rules, 2007, directed customs officials to stop Xiaomi’s imports, and also adds that authorities will visit the firm’s offices to ensure compliance.
Remind you that in 2012, the Swedish telecommunications gaint Ericsson had also sued Samsung for infringing on its ‘Voice transmission, touchscreen functions and network efficiency’ patents, and the two had ended their war in 2014 with a cross-licensing agreement and Samsung payed almost $650 million plus royalties to Ericsson.
About Xiaomi’s phone ban in India, now it will be taken offline soon from Flipkart, which has also been made party to the case, when the companies receive an official notice from the High Court. Stay tuned!