U.S. patent troll targets Xiaomi with lawsuit; unannounced Xiaomi Mi 5 and Mi 5 Plus are cited

U.S. patent troll targets Xiaomi with lawsuit; unannounced Xiaomi Mi 5 and Mi 5 Plus are cited
A U.S. based patent troll that goes by the name of Blue Spike LLC, has turned its attention to China's Xiaomi. The company has filed a suit against the manufacturer in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, demanding a jury trial. Blue Spike alleges that Xiaomi has infringed against US patent 8,930,719 B2, which is titled "Data Protection Method and Device."

Blue Spike claims that the patent is used without permission in the Xiaomi Mi 4 flagship model, Xiaomi Mi 4 LTE, Xiaomi Mi 4c, Xiaomi Mi 4i, Xiaomi Mi Note Plus, Xiaomi Redmi 1S, Xiaomi Redmi 2, Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime, Xiaomi Redmi 2A and Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 handsets. More intriguing is the inclusion in the suit of the unannounced Xiaomi Mi 5 and Xiaomi Mi 5 Plus.

Images of the long-awaited flagship model have seemingly leaked, revealing a near bezel-less 5.2-inch screen that is expected to carry a 1440 x 2560 QHD resolution. The Snapdragon 820 SoC is said to be under the hood, along with a quad-core CPU and the Adreno 530 GPU. 4GB of RAM is inside, along with 16GB or 64GB of internal storage. A 16MP rear-facing camera is on board, and an 8MP or 5MP front-facing snapper will capture selfies and handle video chats. The 3030mAh battery keeps the pistons pumping. Pricing is expected to start at the equivalent of $312 USD.

The Xiaomi Mi 5 Plus is believed to come with a larger 5.5-inch or 5.7-inch screen, also powered by the Snapdragon 820 chipset. 4GB of RAM is inside, and the same camera combo from the Mi 5 will be aboard. This model will be priced closer to $390 USD. Both the Mi 5 and Mi 5 Plus will be equipped with a fingerprint scanner.

Blue Spike says that it has legitimate businesses revolving around Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) software, systems, and technology. But a quick Google search turns up other patent infringement cases filed by the company, including a 15-day stretch when it filed suits against 45 different companies.

The timing of the filing is just too obvious. With the phone rumored to be unveiled as soon as next month, Blue Spike could be hoping that Xiaomi is willing to settle this quickly so as not to delay a phone that is so eagerly awaited.

If you feel like playing Perry Mason, click on the sourcelink to see a copy of the suit.


source: iknow via TimesNews.co.uk

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31 Comments

1. StanleyG88

Posts: 240; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

We need some changes to our patent laws. Companies who have patents should be required to MAKE the product the patent involves themselves or license the patent within 5 years or they would loose the rights to the patent. Maybe 3 years in the tech industry.

2. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

oops... Bad news for US Citizens who were waiting for some great Xiaomi phones...

5. engineer-1701d unregistered

Yes all 4 of them no one knows about them other than tech phone forum bloggers. For 315 I would consider one for a backup

12. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

It's a great value product, but they are not great compared to what traditional OEMs manufacture. Bang for buck, absolutely. But if I want to talk about great products, Xiaomi won't be in my list.

25. pp007

Posts: 39; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

Use Mi note, den u wil get to knw about great product. u wil throw apple from ur hands...

27. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

I have used Mi4, Mi4i and I know what they are. And no, I won't throw my apple/samsung devices for Mi. Like I said, it's a good value product, but not comparable to flagship devices of traditional OEMs. And if you are going to type in forums, type properly. Don't use words like 'den', 'wil', 'knw' etc., You come across as a 12yr old typing messages in WhatApp. If you have some valid arguments, type it in a mature fashion. I am not saying you have to be gramatically correct 100% (nobody is), but let go of those stupid sms-style words, they are so irritating. I am sure everyone has enough patience to type 'will' instead of 'wil'

29. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

he is talking about Mi Note...

32. pp007

Posts: 39; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

Actually, reading ur arguments(so called) on every post r more irritating dan my comment.

33. pp007

Posts: 39; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

N i was talking about mi note..

8. Ashoaib

Posts: 3243; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

No please... not Xiaomi... I like their good phones in cheap price... please infringe more patents and give us more cheaper devices

10. Acer_Predator unregistered

Poor xiaomi .. they will end with phones soon...

13. Awalker

Posts: 1956; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I agree. Also, if the patent is only on paper they can broadly interpret it and file frivolous lawsuits. If there's a device showcasing the patent then we know exactly what they intended.

31. King_bilo

Posts: 115; Member since: May 20, 2015

If they do that, inventors run the risk of being exploited.. People interested in the patent will wait until the deadline is almost over. And what punishment can you give after the deadline anyway? Because the patent cannot be released after the deadline otherwise companies will just wait till the deadline expires. And if a company buys a patent, do you stop counting the deadline? Then the company will lock down the patent and it may never be seen again.. If you reset the counter, we all know companies will exploitexploit business loopholes and sell the patent to themselves over and over.. I think this is the best structure if you want inventions to have value...

3. Deca-core

Posts: 75; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

they think they can win against 46 companies!?

11. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Heck, they think they can troll those 46 companies.

15. Plutonium239

Posts: 1108; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Why not? Apple tries this all the time.

17. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

And wonder why they mostly get away with it.

22. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

But apple isn't like china who makes a lot of copied phones like fake iphone 6 plus, or samsung galaxy, and such. China has been accused of doing copyright stuffs for a long time and sells them at 50% of its original price.

4. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

These patent trolls are annoying, and USPTO just allows them to do their trolling.

9. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Oh.... Are you allowing china phones to know your information without knowing at all? The title "Data Protection Method and Device". Means that the device is purely vulnerable for the hackers and NSA.

20. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

(intercontinental facepalm) Your logic processing unit needs retuning.

23. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

LOGIC? Have you ever watch "China uncensored" from youtube? You will find every information regarding china.

6. engineer-1701d unregistered

Where were these patent trolls are came down to Apple and Samsung Motorola and all the other big companies

7. Manyci

Posts: 116; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

WOW, they filed a law suit, however they don't even know the name of the phones they criticize... Mi Note Plus my ass... (Or PA don't know the phone's name for which they gave a 4.5 score, after all not an iPhone (/s)...)

14. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Sue the Sh*t out of the chineese crap makers :P

18. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Oh you think these chinese OEMs do not own thier own patents? You just spit pointless hatred.

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You think the Chinese company that makes the GooPhone, who makes phones that look exactly like the iPhone and even many Samsung models had patents for such? Oh and since the GooPhone actually does sell in high numbers, how come Apple has never sued them, but went after Samsung? Patent lawsuits are all BS. Just companies looking for some free money.

24. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Why does Apple not sue Huawei who is a big company? Try being more logical in your statements! Apple fears to sue Huawei. Heck, in Europe, Huawei has the largest database of telecomunication and broadband networks patents after Ericsson, and most semiconductor companies and network carriers in the U.S pays them royalties. Apple knows the possible drawbacks and backfireing of sueing Huawei and other Chinese OEMs who copies it's iProducts. It's not about gaining easy money, but being wise, -- you don't attack without preparing yourself for the possible counter-hit. If Apple decides to sue Huawei, they should be looking for something in exchange (if it's worth it enough). Just like in the game of chess: you sacrifice a rook to gain a queen for the knight! So, it's isn't only about suing for some free money.

26. Tziggy14

Posts: 618; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

That was quick. Xiaomi knew what they're getting into trying to sell products here.

28. tweetgadget

Posts: 72; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

Sick of with the company making many from patent troll..

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