Xiaomi has just launched its beta US/Europe store, and appears to have already sold out. The store offered four of its most popular products in a push toward the western market. It’s is a soft entry for the company which hopes to add its phones and tablets to the same store once patent issues are resolved.

Despite their impressive rise to prominence, Xiaomi’s global expansion has come up against some significant setbacks. Late last year the Chinese giant was banned from selling its smartphones in India after Swedish-based Ericsson entered a patent infringement suit against their smartphones. Xiaomi has since successfully launched their phones and accessories in India, and is now the fifth-biggest smartphone vendor in the country.

Xiaomi co-founder Lin Bin has previously said that while intellectual property issues were one factor in their global strategy, it was not their biggest concern.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com