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OnePlus, Oppo, Realme,Vivo, and Xiaomi are said to have applied for trademarks for electric vehicles (EVs) in India. Screenshots of the trademark applications, shared by a tipster, show that some applications have been approved while others may have been opposed or objected to. But it is being speculated that the companies will be trying to apply for the trademarks again. The trademarks, however, don't indicate the category of electric vehicles that the companies are working on developing.
Known tipster Mukul Sharma (@stufflistings) tweeted screenshots of the trademark applications filed OnePlus, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi. However, most of these trademarks have either been opposed or objected against. Only Xiaomi's application, said to be for a quadcopter, got "accepted and advertised." As per a tweet by tipster Debayan Roy (@Gadgetsdata), Realme also managed to get its application registered.
The trademarks pertain to driverless cars (autonomous cars), boats, self-balancing scooters and boards, remote control vehicles, trolleys, tyres, civilian drones, and anti-theft devices. The trademarks by these Chinese tech giants were filed earlier this year and do also date back to 2018. They have been filed under Class 12. It should be noted that for companies, while applying for trademarks does indicate interest in the space, it remains uncertain whether a launch is indeed on the cards. Since there has been no confirmation from the brands on the development of EVs, this information should be considered with a pinch of salt.
OnePlus has filed the trademark for the words OnePlus Life. This does not give any insight on the product or products that it is planning to launch in the eclectic vehicles segment. The trademark filed by Realme are for the words Realme TechLife and TL device.
This comes at a time when Chinese manufacturers are amping up their research and development into the EV industry. Recently, Chinese EV maker Xpeng showcased its flying vehicles that can also be driven on public roads. The flying car, developed by Xpeng's subsidiary HT Aero, is said to be unveiled in 2024. The company has also promised to equip he flying car with multiple safety measures.
Last month, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun said that the company will start mass producing its own cars by the first half of 2024. This date marks the next major target for the company's new EV division, announced earlier this year.