OnePlus One is now banned in India because of a Micromax appeal and a logo
posted by Peter K. / Dec 17, 2014, 2:07 AM
The reason for the ban is a patent infringement - it looks like Micromax, which is Cyanogen's exclusive partner in India, did not fancy the "Cyanogen" logo at the back of the OnePlus One and pleaded to the High Court of Delhi. The latter decided that Micromax is right and OnePlus is wrong, which (naturally) led to the startup's ban from selling and advertising its "flagship killer" in India.
Micromax has claimed that OnePlus “incurred major expenses for creation of a brand exclusivity for providing to Indian customers mobile phones with Cyanogen operating systems”, which will make it "suffer irreparable harm and loss if the defendants (OnePlus) are permitted to continue with their illegal acts".
OnePlus joins the likes of Xiaomi, which also got banned from selling smartphones in India last week, as it has reportedly infringed on several 3G, EDGE, and AMR-related patents held by Ericsson, one of the larger communications giants.
As a refresher, Micromax is due to unveil its own line of CyanogenMod-powered handsets, dubbed YU, on December 18. Said devices will be sold online only. These are expected to boast respectable hardware specs for a OnePlus-like price. Well, it doesn't take a genius to notice that Micromax is trying to replicate the very same marketing strategy that OnePlus and Xiaomi are utilizing.
Interestingly enough, this is not the first time the OnePlus One has had problems because of a logo. Earlier this year, it got delayed due to altering the "CE" sign at the back of the device.
Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014
LOL that was funny. Micromax could have done well if they manufactured and designed in house but they remained a marketing company rather than an engineering or manufacturing company. Samsung and others are relieved but not long. Atleast Xiaomi would be crunching back on overpriced gadgets sales.
posted on Dec 17, 2014, 2:25 AM 4
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This company is facing problems from everywhere!
posted on Dec 17, 2014, 2:30 AM 2
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I wouldn't blame India for this, it's our responsibility to protect our domestic goods for the sake of the economy. Indian should support Micromaxx more than any outsiders.
posted on Dec 17, 2014, 2:33 AM 9
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who the Fck this Micromac is ??? I never heard it name ,, cheap chinese
posted on Dec 17, 2014, 3:40 AM 7
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I am an Indian and I hate micromax. They make cheap plastic products. Micromax can never ever in their entire life make a phone as good as the OnePlus One. Chinese brands are way better compared to Micrmax. It's a shame Cyanogenmod had to side with Mircomax. Even their logo is disgusting. "Micromax - Nothing Like Anything". WTF does that caption even mean.
posted on Dec 17, 2014, 3:47 AM 13
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It was banned only because of the partnership between micromax and cyanogen, not because micromax is an Indian company.
posted on Dec 17, 2014, 3:55 AM 0
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Protectionism is ultimately bad for the consumers...
posted on Dec 17, 2014, 4:24 AM 5
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good for employment of a few incompetents in the end, it stifles competitions and innovation, makes you pay more for shiiit products, country gets a bad rep and scare away all foreign investors, ultimate job loss
posted on Dec 17, 2014, 10:58 AM 3
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If you don't support domestic. It would eventually end up by Nokia and Motorola, no happy ending in the end. Rome isn't built in one day, innovation takes time. Chinese phone used to be sucks, but with the help of domestic support, this is how we stand now.
posted on Dec 17, 2014, 4:12 PM 0
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Microcrappz breaks probably so many patents that there is no business outside India with that crap. India was a pain in the ass also towards Nokia because of some made up "taxes". Huge mistake to set up any kind of factories in India. They rip off foreign companies even more than Chinese.
posted on Dec 17, 2014, 1:16 PM 0
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Micromax is a pathetic company. They do not even manufacture phones..!!! How can Oneplus infringe on something that Micromax doesnt even manufacture? IMO Cyanogen is the backstabbing bastard over here and both Micromax and Oneplus should be suing Cyanogen. Anyway Micromax has poor quality devices and this does not increase its reputation in literate minds!
posted on Dec 17, 2014, 3:29 AM 13
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Kinda agree with you; it's Cyanogen that's made an exclusive deal with a company within a certain territory, so they should be making it clear to other customers that this is the case. And in case this exclusivity was infringed upon, it should be the responsibility of Cyanogen (who made the deal) and not some potentially unwitting third party; Micromax should be suing Cyanogen, not OnePlus...
posted on Dec 17, 2014, 8:34 AM 1
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