In a reprieve to the online flash sale saga of Xiaomi on Flipkart every Tuesday, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday allowed the Chinese smartphone maker to import and sell its smartphones that run on Qualcomm chipsets until January 8.
Following Ericsson’s patent suit against Xiaomi, the Delhi HC last week ordered Xiaomi and the online e-commerce website Flipkart to stop selling all Xiaomi phones in India but now said it applies to those phones which come under patent violation lawsuit.
The court reprieve is applicable only for those phones which run on Qualcomm chipsets like Redmi 1S and not Redmi Note, which runs on the Mediatek MT6592 chipset. Ericsson’s contention is against Redmi Notes.
Now, Xiaomi may resume sales of its Redmi 1S and stop Redmi Note until January 8 when the next hearing comes up before the court. Otherwise, Ericsson moved the Delhi court against Xiaomi for violating about 8 patents pertaining to AMR, EDGE and 3G technologies and the Standard, Essential Patents (SEPs) which are subject to FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory).
Ericsson said Xiaomi has unilaterally decided to sell its Redmi Note devices without its consent and failing to pay patent license in India despite prior notices. Xiaomi Vice President Hugo Barra merely said, “We have been forced to suspend sales in India until further notice due to an order passed by the Delhi High Court.”
Xiaomi said it is exploring both legal options and out-of-court settlement to end the dispute that has stalled the sale of almost 75,000 units every Tuesday.
So far, Xiaomi has sold more 150,000 Redmi Note units in its two flash sales held since its launch on Dec. 2.