Xiaomi is no stranger to being sued over patent infringement. In the past, the brand has had run-ins with Coolpad and Ericsson over patents. In fact, the brand was even forced to stop smartphone sales in India after a court order, following complaints by Ericsson back in 2014. Now, the brand is facing two new patent infringement actions by InterDigital, a US-based mobile and video technology company.
While one complaint alleges infringement of five of InterDigital’s 3G and 4G Indian patents, the other is with regards to three of the company’s H.265/HEVC Indian patents. InterDigital has filed these cases against Xiaomi in the Delhi High Court.
Xiaomi sued by InterDigital for patent infringement in India
According to InterDigital, the patents that have been highlighted in the actions are the result if InterDigital’s R&D efforts over the years. InterDigital claims the infringements have been filed after years of negotiations with Xiaomi, and that it has been willing to resolve the matter through a FRAND license.
The company said in a statement, “The claims were filed after years of negotiations and after InterDigital has made clear that it is willing to resolve the terms of a FRAND licence through binding arbitration. The company is further seeking, among other remedies, injunctive relief to prevent further infringement of the litigated patents in India, unless Xiaomi elects to take a licence on terms determined to be FRAND by the court.”
The patents involved in the first complaint include High-Speed Uplink Packet Access, minimisation of the overhead signalling, multiple antennae transmissions in 4G (LTE ) solutions. These are intended for efficiently requesting shared uplink resources and switching between the sleep and wake modes. As for the H.265/HEVC Indian patents, they include an enhanced video decoder intended to manage data during video streaming.
We have reached out to Xiaomi for a statement, and will update this article if we receive a response.