Following Xiaomi’s recent court injunction to halt “selling, advertising, manufacturing or importing” devices in India, the Delhi High Court has now ruled to allow the Chinese startup to resume its business in the country until 8 January, 2015.
Part of the terms that Xiaomi must adhere to in order to resume business is to only sell Qualcomm-powered devices in the country, suggesting that the patent infringements were due to the MediaTek-powered Redmi Note. As long as Xiaomi does not involve the Redmi Note in its business plans in India, the company is safe to resume its business until early next month.
Delhi HC permits Xiaomi to sell and import Qualcomm chipset based handsets till January 8.
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) December 16, 2014
Naturally, Xiaomi wasted no time in getting back on track. On his official Facebook page, Xiaomi Global VP Hugo Barra noted that the Redmi 1S will be back next week, and stocks will go on sale on 23 December. And, because the MediaTek-powered Redmi Note is forbidden from sale, it appears Xiaomi is fast-tracking the 4G variant of the Redmi Note (which crucially is powered by a Qualcomm processor) into the country.
Xiaomi has just about three weeks to resume operations, before it will have to pause once again as part of the Delhi court’s ruling. Unless it can get another order from the court to resume its business, Xiaomi will have to wait almost an entire month before the patent infringement hearing with Ericsson begins on 5 February.