Huawei was allowed to use the MatePod trademark in its products. Reported by the publication Huawei Central.
According to the documentation from the State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO), Huawei is entitled to use the MatePod brand on its products despite Apple’s protest. SIPO experts did not find any copyright infringement, as reported by Apple representatives.
Earlier, the American company filed a lawsuit against Huawei, claiming that the MatePod brand resembles Apple’s trademarks. Apparently, the representatives of the IT giant hinted at their brand of smart speakers HomePod. SIPO experts conducted an examination, on the basis of which they noted that MatePod is a registered trademark for audio equipment. “However, the pronunciation and appearance of both trademarks are easily recognizable,” the experts concluded. Based on their expertise, the experts noted that the HomePod and MatePod do not overlap, so Apple will have to cede the last brand to Huawei.
The document also says that experts did not find confirmation of the fact that Huawei copied the Apple trademark and appropriated the intellectual property of the company.
In April 2021, it became known that engineer Alexander Zemskov had filed a lawsuit against the Russian subsidiaries of Apple, Samsung and Huawei. The specialist said that he created and patented a technology for determining the location of a smartphone by its electromagnetic radiation from the nearest cell tower, which the mentioned companies allegedly used.