In the wake of its ongoing patent case with Ericsson, Xiaomi has decided to sue all websites that are selling its handsets unofficially. A website named Xiaomishop.com sells its MediaTek powered chipsets, which are currently banned in the country. This is in violation of the interim Delhi court order that allows Xiaomi to only sell Qualcomm powered chipsets , and therefore, the company has decided to take legal action.
This comes after the Swedish telecom firm claimed in Delhi High Court that Xiaomi was violating its interim order by selling handsets which do not have chipsets of Qualcomm. The company refuted that this was done by unauthorised websites that are not linked to the company in any way.
Currently, Flipkart and Airtel are the only two authorised websites in India. Xiaomi is planning to sue Xiaomishop.com and five other sites that indulge in illegal practices. “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,” Manu Jain, head of India operations at Xiaomi told Economic Times.
Apart from this unofficial sites, Xiaomi smartphones are also black-marketed heavily on eBay India, OLX and Quikr. Currently, the Mi 4 16GB variant is being sold for Rs 25,999 on OLX, while its retail price is at Rs 19,999.
Xiaomi is planning to set up its own website Mi.com that will sell smartphones, Mi bands, air purifier and other products at a later stage in this year. It is also planning to open up a manufacturing base, R&D centre and invest in startups in India to build its presence in the country further.