Because of a patent infringement claim by Ericsson the Delhi high court has banned Xiaomi from both importing and selling smartphones in India. However, as these patents are said to be Standard Essential Patents it seems possible that the ruling could be applied to all Xiaomi equipments.
Ericsson reportedly obtained the ruling after Xiaomi failed to respond to repeated communications. However, an Indian site the Spicy IP seems to be the original source of the news.
The Spicy IP questions:
However, it must be questioned whether Xiaomi’s purported laxity in this matter is a sufficient reason to grant an injunction against them. More so, when an alternative remedy in the form of damages is available which is one of the cardinal principles that goes against the granting of injunctions.
Xiaomi only started selling handsets in India in July, as part of a highly successful international expansion program. India is now Xiaomi’s second-largest market after China.
Accoding to the WSJ Xiaomi’s equipments may not be the only missing Indian phones because there was also no sign of a Samsung smartphone running Tizen that had been promised to be released there yesterday.