Xiaomi slapped with smartphone sales ban in India; says willing to talk it out with Ericsson

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Xiaomi has been slapped with a ban from selling few of its smartphone models in India after a court found that it violates on a few patents held by Ericsson.

Beyond the sales ban, the court has also asked Xiaomi and its agents to refrain from making, assembling, importing or selling any devices which infringe upon mobile phone technology patented by Ericsson.

Justice G P Mittal directed the customs authorities to prevent import of Xiaomi phones that are infringing the patents of Ericsson and if any consignment is imported, the same be informed to Ericsson and its objections be decided as per the Intellectual Property Rules.

“I am satisfied that plaintiff (Ericsson) has made out a prima facie case for grant of ad interim injunction in its favour. The balance of convenience also lies in favour of plaintiff and in the absence of an injunction order, plaintiff will suffer irreparable loss and injury,” the court said.

It also issued summons and notice to Xiaomi and Flipkart and directed them to file an affidavit disclosing the number of devices – that are AMR, EDGE and 3G compliant – sold by them in India till date.

They have to also indicate in the affidavit the revenue earned by selling these devices till date.

The court has also appointed three local commissioners to visit the premises of Xiaomi and Flipkart where the devices are stored in order to inspect and collect documents as well as seal the infringing mobiles.

The total fees of the local commissioners, amounting to Rs 3.5 lakh shall be borne by Ericsson apart from travel and stay expenses, it said.

The local commissioners have to submit their report within four weeks, it also said.

The order was passed on the plea of Ericsson that Xiaomi has been violating its eight patents pertaining to AMR, EDGE and 3G technologies in the field of telecommunication.

Ericsson has said that it had invited Xiaomi to use its patented technology by obtaining a licence, but instead of doing so, the Chinese manufacturer launched its devices in India in July 2014.

Xiaomi has said that it is willing to conduct patents talks with Ericsson just a day after the New Delhi High Court imposed a temporary ban on its smartphones preventing the company and its online partners in India from importing and selling some of its smartphones in the country.