Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi will no longer be able to import or sell handsets to India. An ex-parte interim injunction by the Delhi High Court has directed custom officials to stop the imports and restrain Xiaomi from selling, advertising, manufacturing or importing devices that infringe on Ericsson's standard essential patents (SEP), reports SpicyIP. It says local commissioners have also been appointed to visit Xiaomi offices to ensure the implementation of these orders. Medianama sources had indicated this couple of days earlier, however we weren't able to locate the relevant order on the Delhi High Court site. From what we understand, e-commerce major Flipkart, who is Xiaomi's exclusive sales partner in India, has also been made a party to the case. The report also notes that court granted this injunction after Xiaomi didn't respond to Ericsson’s repeated communications over this issue. In an emailed response to Medianama, Xiaomi's India head Manu Jain said that: While we haven’t received an official notice from the Delhi High Court, our legal team is currently evaluating the situation based on the information we have. India is a very important market for Xiaomi and we will respond promptly as needed and in full compliance with Indian laws. Moreover, we are open to working with Ericsson to resolve this matter amicably. A Flipkart spokesperson also said that they haven't received any notice on this, while we are currently awaiting a response from Ericsson. Impact on Xiaomi This order could have a significant impact on Xiaomi's Indian operations, which is the second largest market for the handset maker after China and also the…
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