Update: March 7, 2008
German authorities get serious over patent violations.
German authorities raided Wednesday morning 51 exhibitors at CeBit in Hannover, Germany. Of the accused, 24 were from China, 15 were from Taiwan or Hong Kong, nine were from Germany, and the others came from Poland, the Netherlands, and Korea.
Amongst the targets were Meizu and their M8 iClone.
Meizu files patent in China for their M8.
Meizu filed their patent application with China’s patent Application Office last February. Looks like Meizu design team coincidently got inspiration (circa MacWorld 2007) and came up with their own revolutionary design. It’s pretty on the outside, but it runs WinMobile.
As Engadget notes, “given the Meizu M8’s not-so-faint resemblance to another semi-famous handheld, you’d think trying to get a patent on the design would be fairly fruitless — but it looks like the company’s giving it a shot anyway.” NOTE: China’s patent office published the Meizu patent/photos (below) on January 16, 2008