Xaiomi Smart Phones Banned In India: VP Hugo Barra Open Letter to Indians

If you think about Value for Money Smart Phones then Chinese Xaiomi Phones completely fall into this Category. And because of competitive prices with high End Product Features, Xaiomi phones have captured Indian Market very well.                                             

But as usual, because of the new Modi concept "Make In India" and India's never full trust on Chinese Technology because of theft or whatsoever reasons, the Xaiomi Smart Phones have been banned in India by Delhi High court as of now.

Although I don't deny the concept of "Make in India" which is very good for Indians but then why only Phones ? Ban all chinese product if you are so against them. Goverment will keep telling not to use Chinese Products but they won't ban import of Chinese products, obviously because of Profit Margins. I hope this ban is just a positive start for Indian Manufacturing Market but then India have to start manufacturing Products at par with the Chinese one if they need to get good hold of Indian Consumers.

Below is the News from Delhi High Court:      
Delhi high court has put paid to Xiaomi's surging sales juggernaut in India. At least for now.

Hearing a case filed by Ericsson India against Xiaomi, the court on Monday passed an ex parte order forbidding the popular Chinese manufacturer from importing and selling its smart phones in India, according to a report by Spicy IP.

It has been reported that the ex parte order has injuncted Xiaomi from selling, advertising, manufacturing or importing devices that infringe the SEPs (Standard, Essential Patents) in question. It is not clear if the order will impact all Xiaomi devices sold in India or specifica devices that violate the patents

In fact, the judge also directed the customs officials to stop the imports under the IPR Rules, 2007. Moreover, local commissioners too have been appointed to visit Xiaomi India offices to ensure the implementation of the order.

The adverse order in the case seems to have come about after Xiaomi allegedly ignored Ericsson's repeated communications.

As per the report, the patents in the Xiaomi case may also be the same ones which are the subject matters of litigation Ericsson had put up against Micromax, Gionee and Intex.

It's worth pointing out that Delhi High Court had earlier asked homegrown handset maker Micromax to pay a royalty that amounts up to 1% of the selling price of its devices to Ericsson for using the Swedish equipment maker's patents on technologies that are essential to manufacture the products.

Xiaomi had launched its India operations in July 2014 and the country is the second largest market for the company and also the fastest growing one, as per Xiaomi Global VP Hugo Barra. The company had sold more than half a million smart phones till October. It sells phones exclusively through online marketplace Flipkart via weekly flash sales in limited numbers. 
Xiaomi sells one phone model at a time and is currently offering the Redmi Note phablet. Its premium smart phone, Mi 4, is expected to launch in Q1 2015.

And After this news of being Banned from India, Xaiomi VP Hugo Barra replied to all the Indians with an Open Letter.

Dear Mi fans,

We have been committed to continue our sales of Redmi Note and Redmi 1S devices in India. In the last 2 days alone, we received about 150,000 registrations for Redmi Note on Flipkart and the momentum has been terrific.

However, we have been forced to suspend sales in India until further notice due to an order passed by the Delhi High Court. As a law abiding company, we are investigating the matter carefully and assessing our legal options.

Our sincere apologies to all Indian Mi fans! Please rest assured that we're doing all we can to revert the situation. We have greatly enjoyed our journey with you in India over the last 5 months and we firmly intend to continue it!

Stay tuned for more information.


(on behalf of the Mi India team)

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