Meizu’s (as well as a few other booths) booth at CeBIT 2008 in Germany was raided by police and required to leave the showroom floor and remove almost all of their booth display materials. According to local newspaper Heise, cops announced Wednesday morning that the Meizu booth was shutdown over copyright issues regarding part of its product portfolio.
Now, we all know that Meizu and their Meizu M8 miniOne has been a major draw for copyright/trademark wit, so many assumed that the booth raid and subsequent shutdown was the result of copyright issues regarding the Meizu M8 miniOne and the Apple iPhone. Well, it turns out that the Meizu M8 miniOne was not the copyright offender, rather, licensing issues surrounding one of Meizu’s portable music players (which also looks a lot like Apple’s offerings in that market) was the reason for the booth raid.
So, Meizu is now back on the CeBIT showroom floor and has their booth back in order – including a display model of the Meizu M8 miniOne. However, the music player has been taken down from the booth’s displays.
Is this a win for Meizu? The company’s seeming legal right to carry on with their Meizu M8 miniOne is interesting indeed. Perhaps that Chinese patent carries some weight.