Xiaomi Mi 5 release challenged with patent suit
China might be an industrial galaxy of sharing, caring and cannibalizing intellectual property, be it freely distributed or stolen from its rightful owners. But when a company that filed 45 lawsuits based on a vaguely-worded patent in 2012 comes back biting for more in late 2015 with Xiaomi on the verge of a product release … well, it’s not really that exciting.
Blue Spike, LLC has returned from three years ago to file a lawsuit against Xiaomi and Shenzhen-based web marketplace Tomtop for infringing upon a patent regarding its digital audio watermarking technology.
The Xiaomi products in the balance here are the:
- Mi 4
- Mi 4 LTE
- Mi 4c
- Mi 4i
- Mi 5
- Mi 5 Plus
- Mi Note Plus
- Mi Note Pro
- Redmi 1S
- Redmi 2
- Redmi 2 Prime
- Redmi 2 Pro
- Redmi 2A
- Redmi Note 2
Blue Spike is asking the eastern Texas US District Court for a jury trial.
This patent and a related one are not tied to the four patents Blue Spike used as anchors in 45 patent suits against Google, Facebook, Myspace and other tech companies over the course of 15 days. Moreover, there’s more definite wording used in the source patent, something you couldn’t say for the other ones.
Will the court take up the case? Will the Xiaomi Mi 5 get delayed further? What the heck is going on with Apple v. Samsung? The waiting game continues.