On Monday, the Delhi High Court passed an ex parte injuction order against Xiaomi for infringing Ericsson’s Standard Essential Patents (SEPs). According to a report by Spicyip , Xiaomi has been asked by the court to stop selling, advertising, manufacturing or importing devices in India.
The Delhi court granted the injuction after Xiaomi didn’t respond to any of Ericsson’s attempts for communication. Ericsson has been fighting manufacturers to protect its SEPs in the Indian legal system.
Xiaomi India Head, Manu Jain, responded to the Delhi High Court Injunction by an emailed statement to NDTV Gadgets and added that, “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 report further added that the Delhi high court also directed the Customs officials to stop the imports under the IPR Rules, 2007 and said that authorities have been appointed to visit Xiaomi officers to ensure the implementation of these orders.
Telecommunication company Ericsson had also sued Samsung in 2012 for infringing on its ‘voice transmission, touchscreen functions and network efficiency’ patents and Samsung had paid out USD 650 million plus royalties to Ericsson. Also, Micromax, Gionee and Intex have already been on Ericsson’s radar, but the court hasn’t taken a decision against them.
In a recent news, Indian Air Force intelligence unit had sent out a report suspecting Xiaomi phones of sending the user’s information to Chinese servers in Beijing. The company had later met and cleared off the concerns in a meeting with Indian Government. India is the second largest market for the smartphone maker, and it recently revealed a number of its plans for India, including setting up a manufacturing firm in the country.
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