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Xiaomi threatens Lyft with legal action for using its scooters

By midian182
Nov 1, 2018
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  1. The scooters are just one type used by US companies, including Spin and Bird. But, as reported by TechCrunch, Xiaomi has objected to Lyft referencing its brand in ads and other documentation relating to its shared scooter business.

    “We also do not condone Lyft’s unauthorized modification or retrofitting of our electric scooters for general public use,” Xiaomi wrote in a letter, obtained by the publication.

    Xiaomi warns that unless Lyft stops using its scooters “that have been modified without our consent in public scooter rentals,” it may launch legal action against the firm.

    “Lyft’s modification to any scooters originally manufactured by Xiaomi without our knowledge, participation, or approval undoubtedly exposes Xiaomi to serious legal risks and liabilities for consumer safety and product liability,” states the letter.

    In response, Lyft says it is unaware of using of Xiaomi’s trademarks in its ads and said any modifications meet safety regulations. “We have no intention of using any other company’s trademarks in advertising our scooters, and are not aware of any instance of having done so with our existing suppliers,” a Lyft spokesperson said. “We will address these concerns with them directly. Safety modifications, including slowing scooter speeds, have been made to satisfy local regulatory guidelines.”

    It’s not clear why Xiaomi has singled out Lyft when other firms use their scooters, though Bird said it has an exclusive deal with the company to use them. However, an executive with another scooter rental company told TechCrunch it also had a contract with Xiaomi.

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  2. Slappy McPhee

    Slappy McPhee TS Addict Posts: 153   +81

    Why are scooter rentals even a thing? why can't people walk their happy hindends to their destination and get some dang exercise? seeing a Chinese firm threaten legal action for use of their products or modifications are a hoot when they are the pinnacle of knockoff and copywrite infringement...lol
     
  3. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 750   +366

    If you have joint pain, but still wanna get some fresh air, you d definitely wanna use one of those. But that's just one reason.
     
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  4. Badvok

    Badvok TS Maniac Posts: 292   +146

    Because they're quicker than walking?
     
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