Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra writes an Open Apology Letter to their Indian fans

After the recent order passed by the Delhi High Court, banning sales and/or import of Xiaomi devices it found to be infringing on Ericsson’s patents.

“Our sincere apologies to all Indian Mi fans! Please rest assured that we’re doing all we can to revert the situation,”

                                                         –Hugo Barra,VP, Global Sales, Xiaomi

The smartphone manufacturer has responded to the ban with an open letter issued by its VP Hugo Barra, apologising to their Indian customers.

In the letter, Barra has acknowledged the ban and says that the company is evaluating its legal options.

Even the company’s Indian website (mi.com/in) is displaying the letter (below) with a link to their Facebook page.

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What’s interesting is that the links to specific phone models (like the RedMi 1S) open up just fine.

Check out the full contents of the Letter after the break…  Continue reading Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra writes an Open Apology Letter to their Indian fans

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Delhi High Court bans sales/import Xiaomi devices in India

The world’s fastest growing mobile brand Xiaomi, which made an impressive entry into India with its Mi3 handset in July this year, has now been barred from importing and/or selling its devices in India over an alleged patent infringement, for the time being.

Ask anyone if they have seen the same design language as Xiaomi devices before, and the response will be a unanimous yes. Ask them where and you will hear one name — Apple. The Cupertino giant has every reason to sue the Chinese smartphone-maker but it isn’t them. Not this time.

According to the PTI wire, the Delhi High Court has passed an interim injunction banning the sales and import of all Xiaomi devices running on technology patented by Swedish equipment maker Ericsson, in India. The court order is directed toward Xiaomi India ( or Mi India ) as well as its exclusive online retail partner Flipkart.

I am satisfied that plaintiff (Ericsson) has made out a prima facie case for grant of ad interim injunction in its favour.

— Justice G.P. Mittal, Delhi High Court

The court has also notified both of them to submit affidavits declaring the number of devices sold by them and the revenues earned thereof.

In the patent case against Xiaomi, Ericsson India had submitted to the Delhi court that the Chinese device marker had been violating eight of its patents pertaining to 3G, EDGE and other technologies.

The Court’s order poses to be a setback for Xiaomi which has already sold over half a million smartphones in India. Its weekly flash sales of limited number of handsets, one model at a time, had upped its brand status. But the company also drew criticism for hyping the product by controlling supply. In this week’s flash sale, Xiaomi said 75,000 Redmi Note devices had been sold out in 8 seconds.

Ericsson has said that it had invited Xiaomi to use its patented technology by obtaining a licence, but instead of doing so, the Chinese manufacturer launched its devices in India in July 2014. Reportedly, Xiaomi is readying to open discussions with Ericsson to ‘resolve this matter amicably’.

Reports quoted a Xiaomi spokesperson as saying the phone maker is readying to open discussions with Ericsson to ‘resolve this matter amicably’.