Saturday, 21 February 2015

Xiaomi to sue websites for selling phones illegally

NEW DELHI: Xiaomi will be taking legal action against websites selling its phones illegally and infringing on the company's trademark in India where the Chinese handset maker has an ongoing patent dispute with Ericsson.

The Swedish telecom equipment maker had alleged earlier this month that Xiaomi was selling Mediatek-powered smartphones through Xiaomishop.com, in violation of an interim order of the Delhi High Court that allowed the company to only sell Qualcomm chipset smartphones.

The largest smartphone maker in China had told the court that the website was not an authorized seller for Xiaomi products.

"They're infringing on trademarks and they're making the world believe that it's a genuine Xiaomi site, which it is not," said Manu Jain, head of India operations at Xiaomi. "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," he added. Jain said though Xiaomishop.com site was not functional any more, the company will still proceed with legal action against it and four to five other sites, which were selling Xiaomi products illegally.

Flipkart and Airtel are authorized Xiaomi sellers in India.

In more steps to conform to Indian laws and assuage lingering concerns, Xiaomi is in talks with manufacturing partners Foxconn and Inventec to set up a manufacturing base in India, its second most important market after China, apart from moving its data servers here by end of 2015.

"We're holding conversations with Fox-Conn and Inventec, who majorly manufacture for us, to set up an assembly line in India," Jain said. The manufacturing location is still to be decided.