Xiaomi’s IP issue: A risk or an opportunity?

China’s top smartphone maker has a long-standing track record of alleged copyright infringements. As its mega IPO looms, will this be a problem or a favourable factor instead?

Xiaomi’s IP issue: A risk or an opportunity?

Xiaomi is known as China’s Apple.

For the superfans, this is a compliment to the Chinese smartphone giant. But to the critics, it is an ironic commentary on just how the eight-year-old startup rose to become China’s top smartphone seller by following Apple's every move.

The Beijing-based company, which is now one of China's most recognisable homegrown consumer brands, is set to be the centre of attention of the global stock market...

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