Xiaomi Suffer As Court Order Ceases India Sales
Chinese Communist Party newspaper the Global Times recently sang the praises of smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi for managing to avoid any legal issues with patents. The paper said that the young company Xiaomi “has yet to suffer any patent litigation on its road to successfully squeezing into China’s top three smartphone vendors and the world’s top five by shipment”. It looks like they spoke too soon though!!
Xiaomi have just lost their first patent case and it is a bad one for them as it is in India, which is one of the biggest markets for Xiaomi. Ericsson have claimed that Xiaomi are infringing on as many as 8 Ericsson patents and the Swedish company’s Gaurav Sharma said: “It is unfair for Xiaomi to benefit from our substantial R&D investment without paying a reasonable licensing fee for our technology.”
An Indian court agreed to Ericsson’s request for an injunction yesterday and Xiaomi (and e-commerce partner Flipkart) have been stopped from selling its devices in India.