The FreeBuds 4, pictured here in Bangkok on July 15, 2021, are the latest version of Huawei’s wireless earbuds that compete with Apple’s AirPods. Huawei was granted a trademark for “MatePod” earphones last month, which Apple tried to block. Photo: Shutterstock
The FreeBuds 4, pictured here in Bangkok on July 15, 2021, are the latest version of Huawei’s wireless earbuds that compete with Apple’s AirPods. Huawei was granted a trademark for “MatePod” earphones last month, which Apple tried to block. Photo: Shutterstock
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Apple fails to block Huawei’s MatePod trademark for AirPods rivals in China because they will ‘not cause confusion’

  • Apple argument that the ‘Huawei MatePod’ trademark was too close to ‘AirPods’ did not convince China’s trademark office, but the company can appeal
  • As headphone jacks disappear on smartphones, the Bluetooth earphones market has exploded, with 120 million units expected to ship in China this year

The FreeBuds 4, pictured here in Bangkok on July 15, 2021, are the latest version of Huawei’s wireless earbuds that compete with Apple’s AirPods. Huawei was granted a trademark for “MatePod” earphones last month, which Apple tried to block. Photo: Shutterstock
The FreeBuds 4, pictured here in Bangkok on July 15, 2021, are the latest version of Huawei’s wireless earbuds that compete with Apple’s AirPods. Huawei was granted a trademark for “MatePod” earphones last month, which Apple tried to block. Photo: Shutterstock
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