Xiaomi filed an application in 2014 with the Intellectual Property Office of the European Union (EUIPO) to register Mi Pad as a trademark in the EU. Apple challenged the form on the grounds of English-speaking consumers might read Mi Pad as “my pad”, which sounds too close to iPad.
The General Court of EU said the complaint upheld by EUIPO in 2016 was correct, therefore not allowing Xiaomi to trademark its tablet series.
“The dissimilarity between the signs at issue, resulting from the presence of the additional letter ‘m’ at the beginning of ”Mi Pad“, is not sufficient to offset the high degree of visual and phonetic similarity between the two signs,” the Court said in a statement.
Xiaomi can still appeal in front of EU’s highest court - the Court of Justice of the EU, based in Luxembourg.
Really? What did Apple steal and copy? Nobody has been able to name a single thing so far. It's amazing.
Everyone copied apple....maybe in the sense that they all copy from each other...But nowhere near to the extent apple copied and stole from everyone else. Reality and facts....You should try them some time.
So you are just a deluded apple fan