Ericsson has reportedly sued Micromax for patent infringement and has moved to the Delhi High Court according to a report by Economic Times. Reportedly, Ericsson is claiming Rs 100 crores in damages. According to the report Ericsson claims it is taking legal action against Micromax after three years of negotiations that failed related to ‘standards-essential’ patents. Also Read - WhatsApp violates Indian users' rights by denying dispute resolution claims Centre
Ericsson claims that Micromax has refused to license standards essential patents related to 3G, GSM and EDGE technologies. Also Read - Law professor sues Aadhaar issuing authority UIDAI for data leaks
The Delhi High Court has allowed Ericsson executives to join customs officials in inspecting Micromax’s consignments to check for devices violating its patents. Also Read - Coolpad wants to settle things out of court with Xiaomi in the patent infringements case
Micromax for its part claims that Ericsson has failed to adhere to global commitments on providing ‘standards-essential’ patents on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms.
Micromax points out this is not an isolated incident as Ericsson has employed similar tactics against Samsung in South Korea. According to The Economic Times report, executives close to Micromax claim that ever since the JV between Sony and Ericsson got over, the company has started using such tactics as it’s not selling any mobile phone hardware on its own and is only a player in the infrastructure.
Along with Nokia and Qualcomm, Ericsson remains one of the biggest patent-holders in the mobile industry and is actually mulling similar lawsuits against other local Indian vendors like Lava, Karbonn mobile, Spice and Intex.
The disputed handsets in the current case include Micromax’s Ninja, Funbook talk and Canvas 2 products.