Delhi High Court Allows Xiaomi to Import and Sell Qualcomm-Based Handsets
On December 8, Delhi High Court had put a ban on Xiaomi and Flipkart from selling Xiaomi handsets in India because Ericsson accused the company of infringement on its patents. Ericsson sued Xiaomi for violating its eight patents in the field of telecommunication including AMR, EDGE and 3G technologies. Court also banned Xiaomi from importing or assembling devices in India. But today, court has given some relief to the company.
After this order, Xiomi will be able to sell its popular device Xiaomi Redmi 1S which runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset. But Xiaomi Redmi Note runs on Mediatek MT6592 chipset. So it might still be barred from being imported or sold in India. But 4G variant of Redmi Note 4G runs on Qualcomm chipset. So, we can expect the India launch of Redmi Note 4G this month.
Court also ordered Xiaomi to submit an affidavit before the next date of hearing before the single judge and disclose the number of devices it sold by it. Court also asked for the invoices of the Qualcomm chipset purchased by it.
Today, Xiaomi has defended itself by confirming that it did not infringe Ericsson’s patents as Qualcomm has obtained a licence from Ericsson for its patented technology.
Ericsson claimed that it had invited Xiaomi to obtain license but they launched the device in India without license.