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.

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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’.


Samsung and its lawyers, Quinn Emanuel, fined $2M for leaking the details of Apple/Nokia patent deal

Samsung, along with its lawyers, will have to part with a little more cash following its loss in its second patent battle with Apple. A court has fined lawyers Quinn Emanuel and Samsung a total sum of $2M for misusing the confidential details of a patent deal struck between Apple and Nokia.

The documents were provided by Apple to Samsung’s lawyers to solely see whether Apple was telling the truth about its patent deals with other companies or not. The documents were marked “for attorney’s eyes only” and were not to be disclosed to any Samsung executives … 

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Apple seeking ban on all patent infringing Samsung smartphones in the US

The next chapter of the (seemingly) never-ending legal wrangling between Samsung and Apple is here, and because it’s a holiday weekend when everyone has better things to do, Apple is tossing a few new requests into the ring. Based on the most recent verdict in Apple v. Samsung, Apple is attempting to seek a permanent injunction against any Samsung device that infringes upon its patents that could include current or future phones and tablets that Apple says are using its tech for things like slide-to-unlock and word prediction.

Considering the success rate of Apple’s attempted injunctions against Android OEMs, the chances of this going through seem negligible. Judge Lucy Koh has been reluctant to grant either Samsung or Apple any type of major win over the other, and the appeals courts have been even less friendly to either company.

With Google and Apple having announced that they will not be fighting each other in court, Apple’s disputes with Samsung may also soon be resolved. While the Galaxy brand has matured into a solid competitor to the iPhone, Apple believes that Samsung built its Galaxy line by ripping off the iPhone. Regardless, it doesn’t seem likely that the courts will play ball with Apple’s latest injunction filing but FOSS Patents has posted the documents if you’d enjoy Apple’s legal arguments for some weekend reading.


Samsung’s lawyers call Apple a “Jihadist” and the trials “Apple’s Vietnam”, not helping settlement talks

While FOSS Patents’ Florian Mueller might be confident that Apple and Samsung will reach an early settlement on their patent disputes, a court-mandated update on the talks seems to tell a different story, with each side explaining why talks were not going well, reports The Verge.

For Apple, that includes statements made by Samsung’s lead attorney John Quinn, who referred to Apple as a “jihadist” and called the protracted trial “Apple’s Vietnam” in a pair of interviews.

Apple also complained that Samsung appeared to be looking to license Apple’s patents in order to “clone Apple products.”

Samsung, in turn, has accused Apple of using its first and second court wins to dictate, rather than negotiate, settlement terms, and also said that it believes Apple is attempting to “impose an obstacle” to a successful resolution.

Despite settling its patent claims against Google last week, hoping that Apple might do the same with Samsung and move on appears, at this stage, to be a trifle optimistic.

RUMOUR: Apple to settle all future patent disputes with Samsung out of court

Korea Times (via Fortune) has reported that Apple and Samsung are in talks to settle all future patent disputes out of court. FOSS Patents’ Florian Mueller believes that a settlement will be reached “very soon.”

“Things should come to an end during the summer. Apple doesn’t have an endgame strategy. Its agreement with Google shows that its management is looking for a face-saving exit strategy from Steve Jobs’ thermonuclear ambitions,” Mueller said …

Mueller believes that a one-time payment from Samsung to Apple for all past infringements will allow both companies to move on, establishing a cease-fire agreement which would commit both parties to staying out of court for a set timeframe.

Apple last week agreed to settle its patent claims against Google’s Motorola Mobility, and to “work together” on some kind of patent reform.

Having spent the last few years waging bitter patent campaigns against each other in court, it seemed unlikely that Apple would be willing to afford similar treatment to Samsung.

But that’s exactly what’s happening,

According to a new report from The Korea Times, which states that Samsung has recently resumed working-level discussions with Apple — with the goal being to dismiss all lawsuits and work out a royalty payment going forward for patents owned by both companies.

While Apple received close to a billion dollars from its first court battle with Samsung (later adjusted to $930M), the more recent award of just $119M may have influenced the company’s cost-benefit analysis of future litigation.

In addition to the doubtless massive legal costs involved, Apple also has to consider the distraction of prepping senior execs for trial and the embarrassment factor of emails and other materials that, sometimes, become public in the course of such cases.

Obviously nothing is set in stone until both sides are happy with the terms offered, since out-of-court negotiations between the two sides have failed before, but this at least seems like a step in the right direction.


Apple vs. Samsung Patent Trial Verdict in: Samsung’s Guilty. Again.

Jurors have finally reached a verdict in the latest patent trial between smartphone rivals Apple and Samsung. This trial determines whether Samsung violated Apple’s technology patents, and, if they did, the extent of the damages incurred by Apple in losses to competing infringing devices. Apple has argued that it is owed over $2 billion in damages, and brought in several expert witnesses to testify on that point. Samsung, on the other hand, argued that it only owed Apple $38 million at most, but was also seeking $6 million from Apple on patent infringement claims of its own.

After three full days of deliberation the jury found that all of Samsung’s accused phones infringed on at least one patent, while some devices did not infringe on other patents in question like universal search.

Yesterday, we recapped the five key software patents that Apple claims Samsung violated. Samsung insists that Apple’s patents still haven’t been proven valid, so there’s a chance that some of these verdicts could be overturned on that basis in the future. Check out the Verdict breakdown after the break.

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