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Delhi HC Bans Import and Sale of Xiaomi Devices

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In an interim order, the Delhi High Court has restrained Xiaomi as well as online e-commerce site Flipkart from selling in India due to the infringement of technology patented by Ericsson.

The court has also restrained Xiaomi or its agents from making, assembling, importing or offering for sale its devices.

The patents in question are standards-essential patents, meaning Ericsson has committed to grant license to use its technology on a FRAND (free, reasonable and non-discriminatory) basis.

The court has also appointed three local commissioners to visit the premises of Xiaomi and Flipkart where the devices are stored in order to inspect and collect documents as well as seal the infringing mobiles.

The order instructs Xiaomi not to import, advertise, manufacture or import the infringing phones to India, and Indian customs officials have been instructed to prevent imports.