Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi hit yet another roadblock ahead of its blockbuster IPO. An individual named Yuan Gongyi (袁弓夷) is suing the company for infringing on his patent, asking for an indemnity of RMB 50 million ($7.5 million), local media is reporting.

According to Yuan, the Chinese patent ZL00800381.5, named Common Packet Channel, has been infringed upon. The original holder of this patent is a US company and it was transferred to Yuan on December 8, 2016.

The lawsuit was filed at the Beijing Intellectual Property Court and would affect up to twelve Xiaomi phones from Xiaomi 5X  all the way through to Xiaomi Note 3. According to the plaintiff, the patent could be applied in several telecommunication standards prescribed by 3GPP (The 3rd Generation Partnership Project), such as WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, HSPA, and LTE.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.