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EU court rules in Apple’s favour in trademark case - CNET

This is Xiaomi's Mi Pad. Mi, by the way, is pronounced as "me," not "my." Aloysius Low/CNET

Here's a question: How do you read "Mi Pad?"

A European Union court has ruled that Chinese phone maker Xiaomi cannot register its Mi Pad tablet as a trademark because it thinks buyers will read it as "My Pad," which it says sounds too similar to Apple's "iPad," Reuters reported Wednesday.

The General Court added that the extra letter "M" isn't enough to differentiate the Mi Pad from the iPad in terms of visual presentation, according to a statement seen by Reuters.

Xiaomi submitted an application to the EU Intellectual Property Office to have "Mi Pad" registered as a trademark in 2014. It didn't succeed -- Apple filed a complaint upheld by the EUIPO in 2016 that consumers could confuse it as a variant of the iPhone maker's iPad.

It's not the first time Apple has taken action against Xiaomi, which is best known for its phones, for products that are too similar to its own in different...(continued)

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