Mi Pad vs iPad: Apple wins the trademark lawsuit against Xiaomi

Mi Pad vs iPad: Apple wins the trademark lawsuit against Xiaomi
Justice is best served cold, and an European court just proved it by upholding Apple's patent claim against Xiaomi about the Mi Pad tablet naming that was lodged way back in 2014. At the time, Apple couldn't do much with the Mi Pad being sold in China, despite the obviously similar naming schemes and design execution, as copycat claims usually get lost in the vast confines of the Chinese bureaucratic machine, but the EU is another matter. 

"The dissimilarity between the signs at issue, resulting from the presence of the additional letter ‘m’ at the beginning of ”Mi Pad“, is not sufficient to offset the high degree of visual and phonetic similarity between the two signs," said the the EU General Court in a statement, dealing a blow to any potential Xiaomi tablet sales in the lucrative market, unless it changes the naming scheme, of course. 

Not that the tablet market is the same as it was in 2014, so it's mainly a moral victory for Apple in this case, and a warning for the likes of Xiaomi when it comes to registering trademarks in places like Europe or the US.

source: Reuters

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13 Comments

1. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Why not change the name to Xiaomi pad

2. fyah_king unregistered

Or Mepad

3. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Or eyePad

5. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Because it's too far away from iPad.

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Or knee pad.

9. bucknassty

Posts: 1325; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

i giggled

10. aashis.sapkota

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Redmi Pad sounds reasonable. :-)

4. unwanted

Posts: 43; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

just like iphonearena

7. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Mi tab?

8. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

This is complete and utter crap on Apple's part. Xaiomi names all their products with the prefix "Mi." However just because it's an Android tablet competing with Apple's iPad they sue. They do the same thing with Samsung. Literally every single smartphone in history has had swipe to unlock, yet since Samsung is Apple's main competitor they only sue them. They also sued Samsung for design similarities, because of the home button. The home button. How many other phones have a home button that Apple hasn't sued? A lot. The majority of phones have physical home buttons. But they only sued because it was Samsung. Why haven't they sued Google for their Pixel devices for their similarity to the iPhone? Because they're not a main competitor in the smartphone world. Google got fined Billions of dollars for "anti-competitive" acts by placing ads for Google products on Google. That is not at all "anti-competitive." You might as well sue and fine Apple for having a website showing off their products. Yet when Apple shuts down smaller companies just because they won't provide them with the products they want they're not sued or fined. It's because Apple sucks off every law maker in the US and the EU.

11. jacky899

Posts: 430; Member since: May 16, 2017

Maybe change it to the Mi Tab instead of Mi Pad

12. luantrandinh

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 05, 2017

Mipad and Ipad are not the same and Mipad is great.

13. Xilam unregistered

MiPad and iPad sound exactly the same when used in dialogue. The first the I heard of MiPad I thought - another off-brand riding the coattails of apple’s popularity.

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