Xiaomi forced to suspend smartphone sales in India until next year

Xiaomi forced to suspend smartphone sales in India until next year
India has quickly become a very important market for Xiaomi, but the company is now seeing its efforts to expand there being hampered by legal issues.

Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra today published an open letter to Indian fans, saying that the company is being “forced to suspend sales in India until further notice,” following an order passed by the Delhi High Court. Hugo Barra doesn’t provide further details, but The Economic Times has more on the matter. 

Reportedly, Ericsson claims that Xiaomi is infringing upon eight of its essential patents related to 3G, EDGE, and AMR (adaptive multi-rate) technologies. Thus, the Delhi High Court ordered Xiaomi to cease phone sales and imports until early February, when a final decision should be made, based on Ericsson's patent-infringement petition.

Meanwhile, Xiaomi says that it’s “investigating the matter carefully”, “assessing legal options”, and “doing all it can to revert the situation.”

According to The Economic Times, Xiaomi sold more than 800,000 smartphones in India since entering the market back in July. Moreover, Hugo Barra added that, in the last two days, about 150,000 customers registered their interest for the Redmi Note - Xiaomi’s latest handset to reach India. It’s definitely not a good time for Xiaomi to get a sales ban, is it?

sources: Hugo Barra (Facebook), The Economic Times

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39 Comments

1. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Outside China, Xiaomi has little chance overtaking Samsung and Apple duopoly.

5. Manti123

Posts: 207; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Just damage these crappy Chinese thefts. A company that does not deserve any respect. Well done Ericsson!

6. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

What did they steal?

7. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

"..the F.B.I., said cyberattacks would soon replace terrorism as the agency’s No. 1 concern as foreign hackers, particularly from China, penetrate American firms’ computers and steal huge amounts of valuable data and intellectual property." nytimes.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Patent Troll contribution nothing but legally rob the ones that labor hard. An idea that only go that far. Ericsson ripe the reward without taking on any risk of excess inventory, manufacturing and labor issue. If the whole business world is based on Patents, everyone will starved.

15. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

if you think logically that those technologies were the fruit of Ericssons hard work and xaomi is using it without giving anything in return.... grow some brain's bro

21. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I am thinking both logically and practically if the whole country economy depend solely on patent can the country survive? Why not? This is the acid test. They can't because a parasite cannot survive without a host. Mfa901 you need to come up with a better argument. Which is? I am waiting since you are the one with brain. The better question would be who's brain. Monkey.. Pig.. Lol!

28. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

Man, Do you have any idea, what Ericsson contributed to Telecom. If you know that, you wouldn't have said that. They have sued only because Xiaomi is not paying royalties. If you think like that, Companies like ARM,Qualcomm won't exist.

29. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I only respect Ericsson when they are making one of the nicest mobile phone and when they are partnering with Sony to produce smartphone ahead of its time. Having a product means employment. It's also mean taking on business risk. It also mean having a thriving export business. What does patent contribute to you and me? Nothing!

38. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

Ericsson,primarily is a Telecom Equipment Vendor..What good is your mobile, if you don't have a network. Ericsson Collaborated with Sony to push Mobiles and they did also collaborate with ST Micro-electronics for ARM chips and Base-band Chips. Ericsson is involved in development of 2G,3G,4G technologies, So they have many essential patents for a mobile to work. These patents will be licensed and companies using them pay a royalty. They did not do what Apple tried to do. If you think that these patents are useless, then ARM won't exist at all and you won't be having any Mobile processors.

39. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I am not a supporter of patent plain and simple. I am supporter of generic and the competition for quality and scale. Let agree to disagree.

14. genjo_sanzo

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 11, 2014

And Apple and Samsung never stole, copied or infringe each other? Read more news friend!

16. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Both Apple and Samsung stole, copied and infringed on others, but they had to play within the rules. Xiaomi didn't have to as long as they operated in China. However, if and when Xiaomi does move their business outside of China, they'll have to compete on equal playing field.

20. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

And the irony is that Samsung and Apple are sued for copying Chinese cos. Chinese judges are so fair and wise with non-chinese firms you see. Patent infringing, hacking and copying are their birth-rights.

30. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

same as americans, obama vito apple's ban but dont care if icourt is biased towards samsung. america and china both are same, no difference except america is more stronger to dictate its terms in the world

9. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

So happy. They got what they deserve.

22. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

People who can't afford a lower mid-range branded phone opt for Xiaomi becz in low end branded companies like Samsung provide very less features. So basically Chinese cos provide phones to poor people in emerging markets. They cannot be judged on the same scale as Samsung/Apple/Nokia etc. No one will buy a chinese product for world-class brands price. Thats the truth. These cos make little money just by offering cheap products. Just imagine how embarrasing it feels when your friend sees down upon you when you own Xiaomi/Huawei/OPPO/OnePlus etc.

23. mahima

Posts: 739; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

so your friend judge people by their phone? they are fool and you feel down because of that! you deserve it...coz you are an idiot...

26. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Either laughmi don't have a brain or still living in the 1700's.

25. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Why would you judge people just because they own chinese branded phones? If that's what they can afford then you have no right to insult them on their choice. It's already 2014 and you're using the Bourgeoisie-Plebeian logic. You are one of the reasons why this world is so screwed.

31. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

you are a victom of lack of confidence. I own chinese phone and I feel proud for it bcoz no one in my circle has a chinese phone. and no one judge me bcoz of my phone. Infact I become more talk of a town bcoz I own something different

35. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

really ? that is great . but show some love to local manufacturers lol

37. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

lol, i feel sorry for you, coz for me, i look down on people who spend money so much, but don't know how to use them, for me they wasted their money on an expensive device that doesn't know what they have bought, i feel sorry for them. But for people who have cheap phones, they are smart enough to know what are just their preferences. Just like us, we bought huawei p7, just for the sake of good camera and selfie, and we are very satisfied with it, beautifully designed, well speced, and perfect for my girlfriend, and we compared it to someone we know who bought iphone 6 just because of the same reason, i feel sorry for that person, coz she bought a very expensive device, and the reason is that iphones have good camera, yes ofcourse, but we got a cheaper phone, closer to the quality of iphone, and ofcourse the front facing camera of our phone is much better than the iphone, and the reason why she bought iphone 6 is that she believed the ff camera of iphone is beautiful, but huawei p7 laughed at it specially in low light, so that's why we are proud we bought it, because we were wise, and save tons of money, and very satisfied of the product we bought.

2. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Well it was inevitable. Ericsson is such a patent juggernaut.

3. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

Micromax should also pay 2 crores to Ericsson for using it's patent. Companies should not do like this, they should come with an agreement to use the patents wisely.

13. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

No one is going to let you take anything you want without paying anything....

4. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Maybe they will rush to countries they suspended for better focusing on Indian market.

10. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Thats what you get if you dont invest in R&D, lazy Chinese people.

11. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

What done is done, Hugo and Xiaomi will eventually pay the damages to the pity Ericsson troll. It's our responsibility to contribute some of our sucess to the poor nation. Sorry haters, Xiaomi never disappointing their fans, Xiaomi will pay damages and Indian fans will continue preorder their affordable masterpiece

12. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

You mean Xiaomi will pay the fees for the patents, right ? And calling someone's country poor, don't make you better...

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