Xiaomi is one of the fastest growing smartphone manufacturing companies in the world. This China-based OEM has sold “only” 19 million handsets last year while they will cross the 60 million mark this year. The company also has optimistic plans for the future, they intend to expand to Latin America, India, South-East Asia and Russia and are looking for investors at the moment, not to mention that the company intends to sell 100 million devices in 2015, which is extremely optimistic. It seems like those plans might be pushed back a little bit considering the newest report doesn’t look all that promising.
This Chinese OEM already sells a tons of devices in India via Flipkart (Indian retailer), thought what they call “Flash Sales”, the company usually sells tens of thousands of devices in a minute over there when these “Flash Sale” is planned of course. The New Delhi High Court told Xiaomi to stop sales, advertising, manufacturing and / or importing devices in India. Xiaomi allegedly infringed upon Ericsson’s patents and this Swedish firm managed to get an injunction again Xiaomi as far as doing business in India goes. Ericsson said that they tried to contact Xiaomi on several occasions but were ignored, while the Head of Xiaomi India, Manu Jain, said the following: “While we haven’t received an official notice from the Delhi High Court, our legal team is currently evaluating the situation based on the information we have. India is a very important market for Xiaomi and we will respond promptly as needed and in full compliance with Indian laws. Moreover, we are open to working with Ericsson to resolve this matter amicably.”
This basically means that Xiaomi can’t sell its products in India at the moment and all of them will be removed from Flipkart’s webpage. It is now up to Xiaomi and Ericsson to resolve the matter so that Xiaomi can continue doing business in India, which is a very important market for the company. What do you think is going on here, do you believe that Xiaomi ignored Ericsson thus far and forced them to seek an injunction or is Ericsson wrong perhaps? We’ll find out soon, hopefully.