Xiaomi Ericsson Delhi

Xiaomi sales brought to a halt in India over Ericsson patent infringement


By John McCarthy | Opinion editor

December 11, 2014 | 2 min read

Xiaomi has been legally restricted from selling its smartphones in India as a result of a patent infringement dispute with Ericsson.

In 2014 Xiaomi outsold Samsung in China for the first time ever

The Chinese electronics firm, which entered the booming Indian smartphone market in July, has been blocked from selling handsets illegally featuring Ericsson patents by the Delhi High Court.

An injunction forbids the firm from producing, building, importing or selling smartphones utilising the patent in India. This will come as a blow to the three-year-old firm, which is also the third largest smartphone producer in the world, as India was its largest market outside of its native China.

Ericsson accused Xiaomi of infringing eight of its patents. Furthermore, Xiaomi and e-commerce firm Flipkart will have to announce how many devices were shipped in order to calculate the compensation due to Ericsson.

In October, Apple design chief Jony Ive also accused the Chinese giant of stealing his company’s designs.

Xiaomi Ericsson Delhi

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