After Samsung- Apple patent legal fight, now Indian grown Micromax has been hit out with such case sued by Ericsson over patent infringement regarding wireless technology standards.
Ericsson has moved to Delhi High Court, claiming Micromax’s failure in consensus after three years negotiation agreement which whopping Rs. 100 crore in damages.
As per company, Micromax has refused to sign necessary licences for products compliant with the GSM, EDGE and 3G standards.
This is for first time a high tech company filed a patent infringement case against the Indian tech company, seeking to be the largest patent case in the Indian IT sector.
However, several Micromax handsets are covered under this legal dispute including Micromax’ Ninja series, Funbook Talk and the Canvas 2.
Micromax, on High Court orders, agreed to pay interim payment between 1.25% and 2% of sale price as royalty of the sale price of disputed devices. There was a FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) licence agreement to negotiate which would be valid till the next hearing, source said.
Ericsson is the biggest patent-holders in the mobile phone industry with major companies, while Micromax riding the success of its recent disputed devices. However their legal dispute may heat up the market as Ericsson is reportedly plan to take its next charge against some of other Indian handset makers.