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Xiaomi to beef up its patent portfolio to avert IP challenges

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. Xiao

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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.

He further added that Xiaomi is ready to open talks for cross-licensing agreements or patents to steer clear from the potential lawsuits. The Indian episode had put a temporary blanket on Xiaomi sales as Ericsson claimed it had infringed upon eight of its Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) which were used in enabling wireless devices connect to the network. The company had to stop selling its smartphones running on Mediatek chipsets but has since been allowed to sell smartphones running on Qualcomm’s chipsets in the interim. The court has asked Xiaomi to pay Rs 100 per unit shipped in an escrow account.
Xiaomi has been one of the fastest growing company and this year it has already conceived a target of selling 100 million smartphones. In 2013 Xiaomi had sold 18.7 million phones and in 2014 the numbers climbed to 61 million. India is one of the major market for the Chinese company as they easily managed to sell a million smartphones in India last year.
  • Published Date: March 16, 2015 12:53 PM IST