Xiaomi did great in 2014, they released a bunch of devices and managed to sell lots of them. The company sold 61 million smartphones in 2014, which is over 3 times as much compared to a year later when they sold “only” 19 million smartphones. That being said, the company did have some issues in India at the end of last year. Don’t know if you remember that, but Ericsson sued Xiaomi for a patent infringement in that Asia country. Xiaomi was forbidden to sell their devices there, well, their MediaTek-powered handsets that is.
This China-based company almost immediately accused resellers for all this, and mentioned that Xiaomishop.com is selling their devices in India without the company’s consent or any sort of approval. Xiaomi said that they’ll take legal actions against Xiaomishop, and the company has just confirmed that. “They’re infringing on trademarks and they’re making the world believe that it’s a genuine Xiaomi site, which it is not. The products sold on these websites are not meant for India and are sold at significantly higher price points. We have written to them multiple times, and we will be taking legal action against them,” said Manu Jain, head of India operations at Xiaomi. Mr. Jain also added that the site is not operational at the moment, but that they’ll still take legal action against them, as well as against other 4-5 resellers which are doing the same thing. Xiaomi also added that Flipkart and Airtel are the only authorized Xiaomi sellers in India, though the company is in talking with Foxconn and Inventec in order to manufacture devices in India, but that is unrelated to this case.
It seems like Xiaomi is fed up with resellers in India and intends to take legal actions against them. The majority of these resellers actually ship Xiaomi’s devices worldwide, so it will definitely mean that Xiaomi-branded devices will be even harder to get internationally, at least until Xiaomi makes them officially available elsewhere. Speaking of which, the company is expected to unveil their expansion plans rather soon, so stay tuned for that, and make sure you let us know what you think about all this infringement and reseller issues.