Xiaomi has been one of the premier names in the Indian smartphone market starting 2014. While the company has revamped the entire meaning of the budget segment, it seems the maker is currently in troubled waters.
It hasn't been long since the Delhi High Court, in an interim order, restrained Xiaomi as well as e-commerce firm Flipkart from selling handsets of the Chinese mobile maker in India that run on the technology patented by Ericsson.
And as you may know, the court has also restrained Xiaomi or its agents from making, assembling, importing or offering for sale its devices. The new rules are made on charges of infringingment of the mobile phone technology patented by Ericsson. Here's everything you need to know.
What's With the Ericsson Deal?
A long time ago Ericsson used to be one of the primary handset makers. Since then, we have come a long way. Nonetheless, Ericsson holds over 30,000 standard mobile communication patents, including the ones that cover 2G, 3G and 4G technologies. And anytime one of these technologies are used, the company gets a royalty. Like every company, Ericsson wants you to pay up as well.
What's the Newly Passed Ex Parte Injunction?
An ex parte injunction is an order that has been passed by the court after hearing only one of the parties involved in a case. This is done when the order's implementation is an urgent matter.
Why Was the Order So Urgent?
Well, the matter of urgency in this instance is highly debatable and the patents here could turn out to be the ones that were used previously for Micromax as well. As a matter of fact, Ericsson has even sued names such as Intex, Samsung and Gionee in the past.
Will There be Any Xiaomi Phones?
For the time being, Xiaomi has the opportunity to file an appeal in the Delhi High Court, since it's an ex-parte, and which gives the company a chance to negotiate with Ericsson. And if things are to be believed, Manu Jain, Xiaomi's India head said that he didn't even receive any official note on the matter. But the company is definitely looking into it.
What Will Happen to Users?
While we aren't sure how this affects the users in the long run, for the time being, however, you can still buy Xiaomi-branded handsets. Namely the Redmi 1S from Flipkart. In fact, you can even register to buy a Redmi Note on December 16. We are sure Xiaomi will come to an understanding with Ericsson soon.