Xiaomi Corporation released its inaugural intellectual property (“IP”) white
paper. The white paper showcases Xiaomi’s IP achievements and its technological
innovation capabilities. Currently, Xiaomi has entered 12 technological fields of
research and development, including 5G mobile communication technology, big data,
cloud computing and artificial intelligence, reaching 98 sub-segments. Technological
innovation is the driving force behind Xiaomi’s high degree of globalization with IP
rights providing support and protection for further technological innovation in an
Xiaomi has accumulated substantial achievements in IP across these areas. As of
September 30, 2021, the Group ranked 13th worldwide in 5G self-declared patent
families. As of September 30, 2022, Xiaomi has obtained more than 29,000 patents
globally, covering more than 60 countries and regions.
Wang Xiang, Partner and President of Xiaomi Corporation, introduced the Group’s IP
value proposition for the first time. He stated Xiaomi is dedicated to providing users
with best-in-class technological innovation, respecting IP rights and offering
diversified solutions to settle IP disputes. The Company is seeking to achieve a winwin,
long-term and sustainable IP partnership and ultimately promote technology
inclusion for the benefit of a wider community.
The white paper shows the diverse and complex IP environment facing Chinese
enterprises with global ambitions. By actively responding to lawsuits, signaling an
openness to cooperation and striving to pursue a multilateral win-win strategy, Xiaomi
has managed to expand its global footprint. Over the years, Xiaomi has been applying
IP extensively to drive business and technological development.
In response to consumer demand, Xiaomi seeks to join hands with global business
partners to promote technology inclusion with IP rights in order to empower the wider
community and let everyone in the world enjoy a better life through innovative
Xiaomi’s IP Drives Business Innovation
After 12 years of development and driven by its “Smartphone × AIoT” core strategy,
Xiaomi has expanded its footprint in more than 100 markets around the world. The
Company’s businesses span across smartphones, smart TVs, smart large home
appliances, wearables and internet services. Its research and development efforts
were demonstrated in areas including smartphone operating system, imaging,
charging, smart TV operating system, AI, etc.
Taking MIUI as an example, strong patent protection supports continuous innovation
of the MIUI system. As of September 30, 2022, Xiaomi has more than 7,700 patents
worldwide in terms of MIUI operating system and software functions. The Group also
has more than 700 patents in smartphone charging technology, including but not
limited to the underlying circuit architecture, safety management and transmission
Patent protection promotes the innovation inherent in Xiaomi smartphone’s imaging
technology. As of September 30, 2022, Xiaomi has more than 1,000 patents for
imaging technology worldwide. Apart from elevating Xiaomi’s smartphone user
experience, the Company also strived to expand its 5G patent portfolio. By the end of
September 2021, Xiaomi ranked 13th in 5G self-declared patent families. As at the end
of September 2022, Xiaomi has led and participated in the formulation of more than
260 national, industrial and group standards and its technical capabilities have been
recognized by the industry.
Xiaomi’s IP system has led to the development of a wide range of usage scenarios in
its smart living ecosystem. After years of development, the Group held more than
1,200 AI-related patents globally. Xiaomi’s AI call noise reduction technology has been
applied in more than 60 products, driving the company’s business growth.
Xiaomi is committed to “Technology for Good”. Propelled by the Group’s technological
capabilities, Xiaomi gradually developed accessibility features in its MIUI operating
system. For example, Xiaomi’s haptic technology, ambient sound recognition and text to-
speech technology are designed for users with visual, hearing and speech
impairment respectively, allowing more underprivileged users to enjoy the
convenience of technology.
IP Empowers Xiaomi’s Global Ambitions
In 2013, Xiaomi’s IP system was in its infancy focusing on protecting its self-developed
technology and patenting its hardware and MIUI operating system. While focusing on
Mainland China, the Group made its foray into overseas markets such as Europe. As
the Group’s smartphone business experienced rapid development, it had caught
patentees’ awareness around the world.
During 2014 to 2019, Xiaomi accelerated its development in overseas markets. Xiaomi
took India and Southeast Asia markets as a starting point and stepped into European
and Latin American markets gradually. Xiaomi’s IP rights grew rapidly during the
period with more than 2,000 global patent applications. From 2015 and onwards, the
average annual global patent applications were approximately 6,000.
During the period, Xiaomi faced complex IP disputes. Only five months after Xiaomi
entered the India smartphone market in July 2014, the Group encountered a patent
lawsuit with the global information and communication technology provider Ericsson.
After a five-year legal contest, Xiaomi and Ericsson finally settled the dispute amicably
in September 2019.
Regarding non-practicing entity allegations, BlueSpike, a non-practicing entity,
accused Xiaomi of infringing its patent rights on multiple smartphone models in 2013.
The lawsuit ended with BlueSpike’s withdrawal of the lawsuit, reflecting how Xiaomi’s
intellectual property rights protect its business development efforts. Xiaomi has also
secured legal judgments against Sisvel, IPCom and others, contributing to the
establishment of the FRAND (“Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory”) principle in
the global IP field.
Through different means such as acquisition, cross-licensing and patent transfer,
Xiaomi has accumulated significant patent achievements. In 2016, Xiaomi and
Microsoft expanded their global partnership. Xiaomi has made outstanding progress
in IP globalization since 2020 and accumulated substantial achievements in
intellectual property. As at the end of September, 2022, Xiaomi has obtained more
than 29,000 patents worldwide, covering more than 60 countries and regions.
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