Xiaomi Barred from Selling Phones in India

By Tim Maytom

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has been barred from selling handsets in India for allegedly infringing upon Ericsson technology patents.

The ruling, made by Judge G.P. Mittal of the New Delhi High Court, prohibits both Xiaomi and its Indian distributor Flipkart from selling the company’s phones while the court hears Ericsson’s complaint.

Xiaomi, which has risen rapidly to become one of the world’s largest mobile manufacturers, has already sold more than 800,000 units in India since its launch there in July.

However, Ericsson has claimed that Xiaomi has violated eight different patents related to 3G and other telecommunication technologies. The Swedish firm will present evidence of the infringement at the next hearing of the case, which is scheduled for 5 February 2015.

Xiaomi, which was founded in 2010, has largely focused on China and surrounding markets, using low-priced handsets and Internet-focused marketing to rise to China’s best-selling smartphone brand.

Its move into India is part of its first wave of international expansion, and the company has partnered with online retailer Flipkart to distribute its mobile devices.

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Source:: Mobile App News