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HC allows Xiaomi to sell Qualcomm-based phones

The world's third-largest smartphone maker had been issued an order to stop selling handsets in India last week for infringing on Ericsson's patents.

gadgets Updated: Dec 16, 2014 16:28 IST
Delhi High Court

The Delhi High Court today permitted Chinese mobile phone maker Xiaomi to sell and import Qualcomm chipset based handsets till January 8, as a temporary measure.

In an interim order, the High Court had on December 8 restrained Xiaomi as well as online e-commerce site Flipkart from selling in India handsets of the Chinese mobile maker that run on the technology patented by Swedish technology company Ericsson.

A bench headed by Justice Pradeep Nandrajog today passed the "pro tem order" as Xiaomi had contended that Ericsson suppressed the fact that the Chinese mobile maker has also used chipsets of Qualcomm which has a licence to use patents of the Swedish company.

Xiaomi sells its handsets exclusively through e-commerce site Flipkart on every Tuesday, the court was told during the proceedings.

As part of the "pro tem" or temporary measures, the bench asked Xiaomi to deposit Rs. 100 per handset sold, towards royalty, in favour of the Registrar General of the Delhi High Court and the amount so deposited be kept in a fixed deposit.

With these temporary directions, the court disposed of the appeal filed by Xiaomi challenging the High Court's single-j

Xiaomi in its appeal has alleged that Ericsson while obtaining the ex-parte injunction order of December 8 did not inform the court that the Chinese mobile maker also made, imported and sold handsets having Qualcomm chipsets for which Qualcomm has obtained a licence from the Swedish company.