The Delhi High Court has granted an injunction against Xiaomi for infringing upon Ericsson’s patents. The Chinese company has now been temporarily banned from “selling, advertising, manufacturing or importing” devices that infringe upon Ericsson’s patents.
As a result, Hugo Barra and Xiaomi’s march towards dominance in yet another lucrative market has been unceremoniously put on hold. Worse still, there appears to be no indication as yet when Xiaomi can begin shipping its Redmi Note 4G and Redmi 1S smartphones to its customers.
Nevertheless, the company is working towards a solution. In a post on his official Facebook page, Hugo Barra notes that the company is “investigating the matter and assessing (its) legal options”. Interestingly, the severity of the injunction was due in part to the fact that Xiaomi repeatedly ignored Ericsson’s approaches.
At the moment, all sales and marketing projects from Xiaomi in India has now been put on hold. On a related note, Xiaomi isn’t the only company that Ericsson has claimed to infringe on its technology patents: the Delhi High Court has also ruled Indian budget smartphone maker, Micromax, guilty of patent infringement, ordering the company to pay a royalty amounting to 1% of the selling price of its devices.