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Coolpad sues Xiaomi for patent violation

IANS  |  New Delhi 

After surfaced last week that Chinese makers and have locked horns over patents, the latter on Monday confirmed that it has sued three group firms of for several patent infringements.

subsidiary that filed the fresh suit, demanded that should immediately stop production, offerings on sale and current sale of smatphones, including Xiaomi 6, Xiaomi Max2, Xiaomi Note3, Xiaomi 5X, Redmi Note4X and Mi MIX2 -- some of which are high-selling models in

has alleged that Xiaomi violated its patented multi-SIM card design and other related to user interface.

Computer Telecommunication Scientific (Shenzhen) Co. Limited filed the lawsuit against Xiaomi Telecom Co, Xiaomi Co and Xiaomi Factory Co, in a court in China for using its patents without authorisation, a statement said.

The lawsuit comes at a time when Xiaomi has officially filed for an IPO in Hong Kong that aims to raise $10 billion in a sale that may value the company at $100 billion.

"It's very important to safegaurd your inventions and make sure no one use them for any commercial purpose without permission.

"As we already have over 13,000 patent applications globally and out of them 2,000 has been already authorised, we are looking forward to do whatever it needs to make sure they are not infringed upon," said Syed Tajuddin, CEO, Coolpad

"We are still working in a very cooperative manner to workout best to resolve this case with Xioami," he added.

had filed a similar legal case against Xiaomi in a in January.

The patents involved in the lawsuit are systematic interactions or user interface (UI) type patents. They involve basic communication, display and interactive functions of mobile phones, and are difficult to circumvented or replaced.

"Since 2014, Coolpad has repeatedly sent warning letters to Xiaomi, stating that the mobile phone it sold was suspected of infringing on Coolpad's patent rights and proposed friendly negotiation, but did not receive a response.

"In desperation, Coolpad could only seek redress through legal channels," said Nancy Zhang, Coolpad's

"If cumulative achievements of thousands of R&D engineers' working from day to night for 25 years, are arbitrarily plagiarised and not pursued, we should reflect on our tolerance and this will ultimately harm innovation in the entire nation and the future generations," warned

At $10 billion, Xiaomi's IPO would also be the 15th biggest of all time, or the fourth-largest in Hong Kong.

According to the regulatory filing with the Hong Kong stock exchange, Xiaomi also reported a revenue of $18 billion and a gross profit of $2.3 billion in 2017.

The company is currently at the fourth position in the market globally, behind Samsung, and



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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 14:20 IST