Big news today is that Indian customs have been directed to stop imports of Xiaomi products in to India while an ongoing complaint by Ericsson is investigated!
Xiaomi entered the Indian market this year where it quickly became the companies second largest, and most important market for the company outside of China.
However, after receiving a complaint from Ericsson over an alleged infringement of standard essential patents, the Delhi High Court has directed customs official to prevent imports of Xiaomi products in to the country. Xiaomi will also be restrained from selling and advertising their products in devices until the complaint is satisfied.
Although customs officials have been told to seize Xiaomi imports, Xiaomi India and Flipkart are still waiting for an official notice from the Delhi High Court and are working with legal teams to evaluate what exactly is going on.
Head of Xiaomi India, Manu Jain, had this to say:
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.
Earlier this year Ericsson made a similar complaint about Indian phone maker Micromax and also Intex.
The news, obviously bad news for Xiaomi, will work in favour of both OnePlus and Vivo who launched products in the country just these past few weeks. We will keep you up to date with the latest happenings in this case.