tech2 News StaffFeb 22, 2015 13:10:10 IST
Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi will take legal action against any unauthorized online retailers or websites who try to sell their devices.
As of now, the company has an ongoing patent dispute with Ericsson who has claimed that Xiaomi is violating the Delhi High Court’s order by still selling phones with the MediaTek-based chipsets via a website called www.xiaomishop.com. Though, Xiaomi’s lawyers have refuted the claim saying that the company has absolutely no stake in the website and in fact some third party is misusing its name.
Manu Jain, Head of India operations at Xiaomi told Times of India that, "They're infringing on trademarks and they're making the world believe that it's a genuine Xiaomi site, which it is not." He also added that, "The products sold on these websites are not meant for India and are sold at significantly higher price points."
The company plans to take legal action against xiaomishop.com site was isn't functional any more along with four to five other sites, which were selling Xiaomi products illegally. Manu Jain also added that, "We're holding conversations with Fox-Conn and Inventec, who majorly manufacture for us, to set up an assembly line in India."
As of now, Flipkart and Airtel are the only authorized Xiaomi sellers in India. The company also has plans to sell smartphones through its own portal in India. The company which currently sells devices in India through homegrown eCommerce major Flipkart, will bring in its website ‘Mi.com’ to India in the latter part of the year.
Xiaomi will also enter the US market with Mi.com and will sell earphones and bands, as of now. The company also said it is close to securing a manufacturing partner in Brazil, which will help it skirt punishing tariffs on imported electronics when it begins sales in Latin America’s largest economy in the first half of this year.
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