Xiaomi, the Chinese phone company known for its uber affordable phones, is now focusing on its patent portfolio in order to tackle the legal challenges as it is spreading its operations globally. Xiaomi had faced a major setback in India when the company was banned from selling smartphones after a patent infringement petition from Ericsson.“We all know that intellectual property issues will come as a company-increases its scale. It will happen sooner or later,” Xiaomi co-founder Bin Lin told wantchinatimes. He further said that the onslaught of the patent infringement issues surfaced earlier than other companies since Xiaomi has managed to achieve a scale that would have taken other manufacturers much longer.
The company seems to be working relentlessly on the intellectual property side as it has already jacked up the patent applications from 100 in 2011 to 1,300 in 2014 and this year around they will be filling an additional 2000 patents. According to Lin the patents have been filed in China, Europe and the US. The patents will encompass smart hardware and wearable devices.