Apple Wins EU Trademark Case Against Xiaomi and its 'Mi Pad' Tablet

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple Tuesday won the right to prevent Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi from registering its "Mi Pad" mobile tablet device as an EU trademark because the name has been deemed too similar to Apple's iPad (via Reuters).

    The General Court, the European Union's second highest, ruled that registering Mi Pad as a trademark was not in the public interest, as consumers were likely to be confused by the similarity of the signs.

    The decision comes three years after Xiaomi filed an application with the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) to register Mi Pad as a trademark, which prompted Apple to lodge a complaint. The EUIPO sided with Apple's view, based on the grounds that Mi Pad could be misconstrued as a variation of the iPad trademark.
    Xiaomi could appeal against the ruling at the EU's highest court, the Court of Justice of the European Union, but so far no statement on today's decision has been given by the Chinese mobile maker.

    Xiaomi's expansion into Europe kicked off last month when it began selling its smartphones in Spain. The company has managed to become China's fourth largest mobile vendor by sales and has launched in dozens of other countries including Indonesia, Vietnam, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and Ukraine, as part of a $1 billion overseas expansion drive.

    Its devices, ranging from smartphones to tablets, have been publicly criticized in the past for heavily borrowing design elements from Apple's iPhones and iPads and adopting marketing materials tactics similar to Apple's.

    Article Link: Apple Wins EU Trademark Case Against Xiaomi and its 'Mi Pad' Tablet
  2. iLoveDeveloping, Dec 5, 2017
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    iLoveDeveloping macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2009

    Sooooo.. Just like every other phone and tablet maker then? Everyone copies Apple, just look what happened when the iPhone was released, and Samsung? This is not news, it’s kinda sad!! Glad to see Apple winning these cases. Just wish it would hold more weight to win these things than money, instead of just paying them billions like Samsung they should be forced to stop using the tech they blatantly stole in their device and invent their own. That would be a win!
  3. Iconoclysm, Dec 5, 2017
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    Iconoclysm macrumors 68020


    May 13, 2010
    Washington, DC
    You're spot on. They might be busy using "Samsung Pay" to buy breakfast right now.
  4. einsteinbqat macrumors regular


    Nov 3, 2012
    Xiaomi will just complain to the Chinese gov’t covertly, and China will make it harder for Apple on Xiaomi home turf. LOL :p:D
  5. chetttos macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2014
    Dear Xiaomi,

    If you go to the US trying to file trademarks, Apple's lawyers will chase you.

  6. Naraxus macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2016
    Let's not start this falsehood so early in the morning.
  7. LovingTeddy, Dec 5, 2017
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    LovingTeddy macrumors 65816


    Oct 12, 2015
    Yeah.... Just Apple copies everything from others as well. This is also not news.

    By the way... Who will confuse over Xiaomi Pad over iPad? This is stupid to next level.

    LOL... Apple is really desperate for its thiny market share... Apple is worried. But Apple will eventually loss, just like its Mac. Suck that Apple
  8. Kabeyun macrumors 68000


    Mar 27, 2004
    Eastern USA
    There’s never a wrong time for truth. :)
  9. Naraxus macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2016
    True, which is why his premise that "Everyone copies Apple, look at the iPhone..." is complete bs. There is TONS of prior art out there (the LG Prada being one of the most prominent) that invalidates the "Everyone copies iPhone" meme.
  10. 69Mustang, Dec 5, 2017
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    69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Glad to see Apple winning these cases? Apple wins and loses trademark cases. Plus, I'm not really sure you understand what Apple won. Xiaomi can't register the Mi Pad name as a trademark in the EU. Xiaomi can still use the Mi Pad name in the EU and eslewhere. Also there was no money involved in this case. Samsung never paid Apple billions. They never paid Apple a single billion... and they're probably gonna get some of the money back they did pay.

    You are either trying to revise history or you're telling us what happened on Earth 14 after the explosion at Star Labs.

    Spot on? Were we reading different quotes? That quote is a complete mess.
  11. Avieshek Suspended


    Dec 7, 2013
  12. iZac macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2003
    Not that I’m siding with Xiaomi’s legendary copying, but the “Mi pad” is phonetically pronounced “MEE Pad” .. not that anyone reading it outside China knows that.
  13. Kaibelf Suspended


    Apr 29, 2009
    Silicon Valley, CA
    Yes, but no one copied the LG Prada, so technically "Everyone copies Apple" is accurate here. No one said Apple was there first. Either way, these days it's pretty clear that everyone does try to copy them in a lot of ways, especially the whole _____ Pay phenomenon and that dopey Bixby thing.
  14. Naraxus macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2016
    Do you not know what an iPhone looks like?
  15. neutralguy macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2015
  16. melendezest Suspended

    Jan 28, 2010
    I agree that many companies lately take direction from Apple in many areas, but the reverse is also true.

    My biggest gripe is when other companies actually mimic Apple's boneheaded loss of features (like Google and others taking out the HP jack from their phones).

    My preference would be for companies to bring on each other's useful features, and KEEP them.

    So at least from my perspective, and in a very general and loose sense, I'll amend the original statement by saying:

    SADLY, "everyone" copies Apple these days.

    Thankfully, Samsung reversed course on this a few Galaxy iterations back and is positioning itself as an actual Apple alternative. I wish more companies did the same in the mobile space.

    And BTW, Samsung Pay is awesome.
  17. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Plenty of people, non English pronounce it as the Mee Pad, and elsewhere as well.
  18. Fzang macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2013
    Not only that, but an iPhone in Chinese is often pronounced ping2guo3 shou3ji1 (literally "apple phone"), which is miles from any "me" or "my" phonetics.
  19. fairuz, Dec 5, 2017
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    fairuz macrumors 68000


    Aug 27, 2017
    Silicon Valley
    Probably more of an issue that it looks so much like an iPad that people could be fooled.
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    They copied the iPhone and, more importantly, iPhone OS's design, which were unique at the time. Apple didn't steal designs to make the iPhone. They just (legally) used whatever prior technology necessary.
  20. TruthWillSetUFree macrumors newbie


    Dec 5, 2017
    That's one point for sinophobia. It doesn't matter if EU wants to block an innovative piece of technology. Xiaomi's already pretty much out of the tablet business as are most intelligent companies. Apple's the only one trying way too hard to pretend its iPads are "just like a PC"
  21. Cloudkicker macrumors 6502


    Nov 29, 2016
    London, Canada/Los Angeles, CA
    You DO realize it's as easy as Googling:

    Tablets made before iPad
  22. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    Xiaomi can use the Mi Pad name in the EU at Xiaomi's risk. Apple is still free to claim infringement of their trade name, and thanks to this decision, Xiaomi will have a harder time defending its subsequent actions. Any damage award would likely be higher.
  23. TruthWillSetUFree macrumors newbie


    Dec 5, 2017
    No wonder Xiaomi lost. Apple's paying $15 billion in "taxes" for the win.
  24. M.PaulCezanne macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2014
    Yes everyone is stealing from everyone else, but this company’s raising it to a Simpsonian level.
  25. driveparty macrumors member


    Apr 19, 2008
    Russia / USA
    Besides the fact you seem to be spotting here, I'd enjoy if apple would've copied xiaomi. Just look at this comparison image. Wonder why there's no blinder at the top whereas the *real* frame is much thinner than on apple's Frankenstein-phone.


    Which would you say have been copied looking at this image, should you had no idea of what is what? [rhetorical]

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