The Delhi HC has allowed Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi to ship back nearly 1 lakh units of its Redmi Note (3G) handset back to Hong Kong, which were banned from sale in India last December.
A vacation bench consisting of Justice Mukta Gupta permitted the company to return the devices to their point of origin after Ericsson, which initially filed an appeal against Xiaomi, agreed to the arrangement.
Following the debacle, Xiaomi has only been allowed to sell handsets powered by Qualcomm chipsets and not those using MediaTek ones. The company approached the court to allow it to send back unused devices lying over at seller partner Flipkart’s warehouses.
Ericsson claimed Xiaomi had ignored its notices to hold talks over licensing its technology to sell devices in India, following which it moved the Delhi HC to ban the sale of devices infringing upon its IP in the country.
Xiaomi challenged the stay order on December 16 and won a ‘pro tem’ (temporary) which allowed it to continue selling devices in India, but not those that infringed upon Ericsson’s patents.