Coolpad Asks Xiaomi Not To Take Shortcuts To Success; Builds Pressure Over Patent Infringement

Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad has suggested rival Xiaomi not to take shortcuts to success by infringing upon other’s intellectual properties illegally.

“The patents are the fruits of thousands of our engineers and years of their hard work, and we cannot allow it to be misused,” said Coolpad’s global chief patent officer Nancy Zhang in a press conference in New Delhi.

Zhang was in Delhi to update about the company’s IPR fight with IPO-bound Xiaomi wherein she alleged that the Lei Jun-led firm has infringed upon 4 patents of Coolpad.

Coolpad has filed seven cases against Xiaomi since this January in various courts of China. The company has also demanded, manufacturing, production and sale of many of the Xiaomi smartphones including Xiaomi 6, Xiaomi Max2, Xiaomi Note3, Xiaomi 5X and Redmi Note4X.

“This issue goes back to 2014 and we have sent multiple warning letters to them (Xiaomi) but the company has not responded to us yet,” said Zhang. “Some brands prefer taking shortcuts, I suggest them not to do that.”

The Chinese firm has alleged that Xiaomi violated its patented multi-SIM card design and other technology related to user interface. It demanded that Xiaomi compensate it for losses due to the alleged infringement.

TeleAnalysis has reached out to Xiaomi to know their side of the story but we are yet to get a response from them.

Coolpad that recently appointed Zhang to look after its patents and IP said that India is a key market for the firm and it may consider filing similar cases in the country if required.

“India is a key market for us and we would wish to protect our IPR here too,” she added. At present Coolpad has more than 13,000 global patents.

The company also said that it hopes that Xiaomi will stop patent infringement and actively cooperate with it to promote industrial progress. Litigation is a legal remedy for resolving intellectual property disputes.

Zhang said Coolpad is open to resolve the issue out of the court with Xiaomi and help the industry develop mobile solutions and together serve the customers.

“There are other better options than legal to solve this abd we are open for that but misuse of our IPR can not be accpted,” she added.

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