A file photo of the Delhi high court. Photo: Mint
A file photo of the Delhi high court. Photo: Mint

Delhi high court directs Intex to pay royalties to Ericsson

Court has asked Intex to pay 50% of the amount of royalty (from the date of filing the suit till 1 March) directly to Ericsson and secure the rest with a bank guarantee within a period of four weeks

New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Friday directed Delhi-based consumer electronics vendor Intex Technologies (India) Ltd to pay royalties to Swedish telecommunications company Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson for alleged infringement of eight patents relating to 2G, 3G and Edge technologies used in mobile phones and tablets.

After fixing the royalty rates, the court has asked Intex to pay 50% of the amount of royalty (from the date of filing the suit till 1 March) directly to Ericsson and secure the remaining 50% with a bank guarantee within a period of four weeks.

Intex in an emailed statement said that it hasn’t received a copy of the order and hence can’t comment at this stage.

Ericsson had approached the high court in April last year seeking to restrain Intex from selling, importing or manufacturing 2G, 3G and Edge devices as it was infringing eight of Ericsson’s patents.

Ericsson has filed similar cases against Micromax Informatics Ltd and Chinese smartphone makers Xiaomi Technology India Pvt. Ltd and Gionee Communication Equipment Co. Ltd.

All the cases are at different stages. However, in all the three other cases, the high court has come up with interim arrangements for payment of royalties to Ericsson.

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