InterDigital, an Indian mobile and video technology research and development company, today announced that they are taking action against Xiaomi for infringing on patents involving cellular and H.265/HEVC Indian patents. InterDigital has stated that they are willing to settle the issue with Xiaomi under the terms of a FRAND license.
According to the claim, which was filed in the Delhi High Court, InterDigital is seeking compensatory and punitive damages for Xiaomi’s infringement of patents. The patents involving cellular technologies include many 3G and 4G enhancements that InterDigital developed over two decades of R&D and the patents involving H.265/HEVC technologies include many advancements to reduce the network resources required and enhance picture quality.
Currently, these InterDigital patents are already licensed by companies like Samsung, Apple, Huawei, etc.
Commenting on the patent infringement, William J. Merritt, President and CEO of InterDigital said:
Wireless and video standards play the important role of eliminating barriers to entry, enabling new companies – like Xiaomi – to enter the market and have success despite having made no investment in previous wireless research activities. Advanced research drives key wireless and video standards, and fair licenses with companies that make use of those technologies enable companies like InterDigital to reinvest in still more research, benefiting all users and the industry at large. We’re hopeful that this record of research and licensing success, coupled with this claim in the Delhi High Court, will result in a fair license, and that Xiaomi will join Samsung, Apple, Huawei and many others as customers of InterDigital.