Delhi High Court allowes Xiaomi to sell phones till 8th January in India
Few days ago an injunction on Xiaomi was passed by Delhi High Court, which led to ban on sales and import of Xiaomi products in India. Now the restriction is uplifted albeit with certain limitations and now Xiaomi is only allowed to sell products with Qualcomm chipset.
Earlier a ban restricting Xiaomi and its agents to conduct sales of devices in India, because they were found to infringe upon patents of Ericsonn’s and even after repeated contact Xiaomi didn’t respond or complied with Ericsonn and this resulted in court case.
As these patents are Standard, Essential Patents (SEPs) and hence are subject to FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory) terms for licensing. Now court has ruled a decision in favor of Xiaomi allowing them to sell devices powered by Qualcomm chipset which includes now discontinued Mi3, Redmi 1S and Redmi Note 4G. Sadly Xiaomi won’t be allowed to sell Mediatek powered Redmi Note featuring dual SIM.
Delhi HC permits Xiaomi to sell and import Qualcomm chipset based handsets till January 8.
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) December 16, 2014
Overall its good news for both Xiaomi and their fans as Mi4 is also powered by Qualcomm chipset and apparently it is also excluded from the list of banned devices, and court has allowed the time till which sales can be carried out which will end on 8th January, 2015.