This past week we have seen a lot of bans being imposed on companies, and after the likes of Uber and similar app-based cab services, now it is Xiaomi that is in the crosshairs. The Delhi High Court has passed an interim injunction that stops the Chinese smartphone company from importing, selling or advertising its devices in India, Medianama reports. Update: The Delhi HC has asked both Xiaomi and Flipkart to stop selling smartphones in India till February 5, which is when it is scheduled to hear Ericsson’s patent infringement petition again. Xiaomi’s Manu Jain has replied to BGR India regarding this issue.
We haven’t received an official notice from the Delhi High Court. However, our legal team is currently evaluating the situation based on the information we have.
India is a very important market for Xiaomi and we will respond promptly as needed and in full compliance with Indian laws. Moreover, we are open to working with Ericsson to resolve this matter amicably.
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The injunction is related to the case involving Ericsson’s standard essential patents (SEP). The court says that the decision was taken after Xiaomi failed to reply to Ericsson’s repeated communications. The former smartphone maker is battling the likes of Micromax and Intex in similar patent infringement suits. Last month, the Delhi HC ordered Micromax to pay royalties to Ericsson, which amounts to one percent of the selling price of Micromax’s devices. This interim order is applicable till December 31, 2015, when the court has ordered to the end the trial.
As for Xiaomi, it is currently unclear how much it will affect the Chinese company. Since its debut in India earlier this year, it has fast grown into one of the most talked-about companies. The company also recently revealed that India is its largest market outside China. In fact, recent reports also revealed that the Chinese company was looking at manufacturing smartphones in India. It has till date launched the Mi 3, Redmi 1S, and more recently the Redmi Note, and sells them via flash sales on Flipkart every week.