Gionee’s Hope Of Survival Gets Slimmer As Court Auctions Off Its Patents
Gionee was a manufacturer that once had a good slice in the competitive Chinese smartphone market share. However, the Chinese company’s woe started before the end of a troublesome 2018, when it filled for bankruptcy.
While the situation of the company wasÂ rather complicated, fans and technology enthusiasts always hoped that it emerge from these troublesome waters. However, now all the hopes areÂ officially gone as Gioneeâ€™s patents are billed to be sold off its patents in order to offset its debts.
Shenzhen Intermediate Peopleâ€™s Court announced that the bankruptcy liquidation of Gionee will be carried out by the administrator. This will happen from July 24 to July 25 via Taobao.comâ€™s bankruptcy property network auction platform.
According to the report, Gionneâ€™s patents will be auctioned at a starting price of 21,100 Yuan (~$3,067). The administration statistics show that 211 of Gioneeâ€™s design patents accumulated backlogs in annual fees. This added with late fees, recovery fees and other official fees results in 317,400 yuan. The court wants to raise up this sum to approximately 206 million yuan.
Sadly, the problems with Gionee didnâ€™t start with lower than expected phone sales. The company was doing fine on this aspect, however, it ran in trouble due to poor financial management. It ultimately leads the company to a downward spiral.
Apparently, Gioneeâ€™s president was one of the sources of this problem. According to rumors, President William Lu is addicted to gambling and has lost 10 billion Yuan during his â€œthird-partyâ€ exploits.