Ericsson accused Xiaomi of violating High Court order
Swedish telecom firm Ericsson today claimed in Delhi High Court that Chinese mobile phone maker Xiaomi Technology was violating its interim order by selling handsets which do not have chipsets of Qualcomm Incorporated. Ericsson has alleged that Xiaomi has continued selling the non-Qualcomm handsets through a website called www.xiaomishop.in, though Xiaomi has denied having any connection with the site.
“Xiaomi is selling handsets based on non-Qualcomm chipsets through a website called www.xiaomishop.com,” senior advocate Pratibha M Singh told the court.
Advocate Ajit Warrier, appearing for Xiaomi, refuted the contention of Ericsson, saying “it (Xiaomi) has no stake in the website” and someone else was misusing their name.
The division bench on December 16 last year had permitted Xiaomi to sell its Qualcomm chipset-based devices as a ‘pro tem’ (temporary) measure till the issue was heard by the single judge today, and disposed of the Chinese company’s appeal against the December 8, 2014 order of the single judge.
The interim ban on import and sale of Xiaomi devices which run on other processors or chipsets shall continue, the division bench had clarified.
Xiaomi is valued more than $40 billion and is looking forward to further deepen its operation in Asian region. A defeat in this patent case would dent the margin that Xiaomi makes and would slow down its rapid growth pace.