Apple lost its lawsuit against Xiaomi, which it accused of plagiarism using the name Mi Cloud. According to a court decision rendered on December 15, no confusion is possible with the iCloud, the service of the Cupertino company. A verdict that adds to the others of his legal defeats that occurred in 2020.
New court decision, new defeat for Apple. After attacking Prepear for its pear-shaped logo, the Cupertino firm again invoked copyright infringement, this time against its Chinese rival Xiaomi. She accuses the latter of having been too inspired by iCloud to name its own data sharing service, called the Mi Cloud. According to her, this choice could lead to “a risk of confusion ” of consumers.
Visibly recovered, Apple didn’t mince words facing the Chinese manufacturer: “Since its inception, the Xiaomi company openly copies Apple’s products and marketing, especially its family brands such as Mi Phone, Mi Pad, Mi Book Air” before recalling that his other legal actions were successful. The company has indeed “could obtain invalidation ” during various legal battles.
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Another lost case for Apple
Like his lawsuit against Corellium, there was no violation of copyright according to French justice. While Apple is “Already successfully opposed to the registration of the Mi Cloud trademark” in several countries such as Switzerland and Germany, she did not win her case in France, the authorities arguing that the risk of confusion is too low.
“Despite the identity or similarity of the goods and services in question, the likelihood of confusion between the signs present has not been demonstrated in this case for the consumer. […] normally informed and reasonably attentive ”, can we thus read in the justice report. The rivalry is therefore not ready to end between companies, as Xiaomi has overtaken Apple by becoming number 3 in the smartphone market in 2020.