OnePlus One is now banned in India because of a Micromax appeal and a logo

OnePlus One is now banned in India because of a Micromax appeal and a logo
15 days - that's how long OnePlus was able to sell its OnePlus One in India as an Amazon exclusive in India. Why "was"? Well, all facts show that OnePlus has been banned from selling its compelling powerhouse, the CyanogenMod-powered OnePlus One, in India.

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.



1. BobLawblaw unregistered

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2. laughmi

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.

3. Manti123

Posts: 207; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

This company is facing problems from everywhere!

30. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I believe it is being seen as a threat (which it is) by many mobile phone vendors

4. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

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.

8. LoveHater

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

who the Fck this Micromac is ??? I never heard it name ,, cheap chinese

19. rowdysheeter

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

@Lovehater, are you the Wikipedia or some encyclopedia? Otherwise, how is your ignorance an argument against micromax?

28. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Micromax is Indian...

10. RajRicardo

Posts: 500; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

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.

12. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Lol, don't worry, the OnePlus One isn't available even in the countries where it's not banned.

34. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

Do they even make.. :P

11. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

It was banned only because of the partnership between micromax and cyanogen, not because micromax is an Indian company.

13. RajRicardo

Posts: 500; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

It is Micromax that appealed to the high court Delhi. They just want to get rid of the competition because none of their phones can compete with the OnePlus.

26. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

It was cyanogen that gave micromax exclusive rights in India. OnePlus is cyanogen's partner, they decided to desert them.

27. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

*cyanogen had a choice, they chose micromax*

31. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Money talks.

37. RajRicardo

Posts: 500; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Agreed. +1.

14. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Protectionism is ultimately bad for the consumers...

15. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

But it's good for employment

29. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

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

35. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

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.

36. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

You can support all you want if you don't mind paying more for crappier product

18. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Micromax should ditch MediaTek for Snapdragon and should drop the current design language and pack the phone with stock UI.

32. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

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.

5. arjunezdaz

Posts: 32; Member since: Nov 30, 2014

I got one and I will sell it for 100% markup on olx

6. Bertelgeus

Posts: 126; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Beauty of Android: always busy banning each other.

7. iampun33t

Posts: 136; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

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!

25. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

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...

9. frankg

Posts: 173; Member since: May 14, 2014

Talking about poor quality.... The OPO is not better in that aspect.

16. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

OnePlus NegativeOne. That's the number of phones you'll get from them. LOL

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