Xiaomi Inc has its core business in manufacturing and retailing ofsmartphones and smart hardware connected by an Internet ofThings (IoT) platform, which product names contain the “Mi”prefix. MiChat Pte Ltd (“the Applicant”) is a newcomer to theinstant messaging platform scene who registered marks containingth
e same “Mi” prefix. Gateway has successfully opposed to theregistration of the applicant’s mark for being contrary to the law ofpassing off and thus protecting the client’s goodwill in its businessas a whole.