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Chinese regulators say design of Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus violates patent

By Shawn Knight ยท 9 replies
Jun 17, 2016
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  1. Apple has been ordered by Chinese regulators to halt sales of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in Beijing due to a patent dispute originating from a local Chinese company according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

    Shenzhen Baili claims via a message on the Beijing Intellectual Property Bureau’s website that the two iPhone models infringe on a patent it owns regarding the exterior design of its 100C smartphone (pictured below). The statement on the website is dated May 19 although the Journal says Chinese media only became aware of it this week.

    Apple on Friday said the order had been stayed during the appeals process which means the phones remain available for sale.

    Apple may simply be stalling from a strategic standpoint. A source reportedly familiar with the matter told the Journal that some stores in Beijing had already stopped selling the two models months ago, replacing them with the current iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. What’s more, Apple will reportedly end production of the two older models in the near future.

    Apple is no stranger to legal disputes in China and even with Shenzhen Baili. Filings with China’s State Intellectual Property Office indicate that Apple has been battling with the company for more than a year over the patent which was upheld by the regulator’s reexamination board on December 2 of last year.

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  2. Sniped_Ash

    Sniped_Ash TS Maniac Posts: 253   +108

    The irony of China protecting intellectual property is so massive it can be seen from space.
    dms96960, DaveBG, Reehahs and 4 others like this.
  3. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,452   +839

    The *real* irony is that they protect their domestic patents viciously, even when its strictly Chinese companies involved. Meanwhile, they do not acknowledge ANY foreign-registered patents - each and every one has to be registered IN CHINA as well as abroad, and they'll only grant them if the product in question is being produced in China. This is who your government has sent all the manufacturing jobs to.
  4. davislane1

    davislane1 Inquisitor Posts: 3,955   +2,836

    The corps send the jobs there. The government merely facilitates and encourages it.

    This is all nit picky details, though. The gov't is still the bad guy.
  5. risc32

    risc32 TS Addict Posts: 209   +96

    This is just too fun. chinese call patent infringement.......
    caboob and dms96960 like this.
  6. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 2,048   +1,119

    It's funny because Apple tried to do the same thing in the US to force Android out of the market in 2008 IIRC.
  7. noel24

    noel24 TS Maniac Posts: 322   +162

    Yeah, try some of Your own medicine, Mob.
    DaveBG and SalaSSin like this.
  8. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,238   +370

    Yeah, Karma is a *****. LOL
    It is not our government. It is all our greedy corporations that don't mind further exploiting citizens of other countries that are already so used to exploitation by their own countrymen, they have no idea what not being exploited is like.
  9. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,090   +644

    Oh the irony, apple being sued for iphone exterior design :D
    DaveBG likes this.
  10. DaveBG

    DaveBG TS Addict Posts: 246   +79

    LOL drinking their own medicine they will!

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