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Chinese court removes sales ban on the Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus

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Regulators in China had banned the iPhone 6/6 Plus in the country after finding that the phone infringed on the design patent belonging to the Shenzhen Baili 100c, pictured on right

Regulators in China had banned the iPhone 6/6 Plus in the country after finding that the phone infringed on the design patent belonging to the Shenzhen Baili 100c, pictured on right


A ban in China that prevented Apple from selling the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the country, has been reversed by a Chinese court. What set off the whole dispute was a claim by Shenzhen Baili Marketing Services that the 2014 iPhone models infringed on design patents it was awarded for its 100c mobile phone. In May, Apple's Chinese subsidiary and local retailer Zoomflight were ordered to stop selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China by the Beijing Intellectual Property Office.
 
Apple and Zoomflight sued the regulators, and on Friday the Beijing Intellectual Property Court removed the ban. The court ruled that neither Apple or Zoomflight had infringed on the 100c handset, and noted that there was a lack of any proof that such an infringement took place. In addition, the regulator failed to follow due procedures while ordering the ban. Both the Beijing Intellectual Property Office and Shenzhen Baili said that they will take their time to determine whether an appeal is warranted.

It wasn't a total victory for Apple. The tech titan had requested that the Patent Reexamination Board of State Intellectual Property Office remove the design patent awarded to Shenzhen Baili Marketing Services for the 100c model. When Apple was turned down, it took the matter to court and was once again rejected. Apple is considering an appeal of that ruling.

So to recap, in court Apple won one case and lost one. The case it won removes a ban that had prevented them from selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China. The case it lost simply means that the Shenzhen Baili still owns a design patent on the 100c phone. But as you can see from the photo showing both handsets, there really doesn't seem to be much in common between them, at least as far as the design of both models is concerned.

source: Reuters, MacRumors

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posted on 26 Mar 2017, 02:07 3

1. Supah (Posts: 39; Member since: 08 Mar 2017)


"But as you can see from the photo showing both handsets, there really doesn't seem to be much in common between them, at least as far as the design of both models is concerned." - Alan F

Who else is not surprised?

posted on 26 Mar 2017, 02:13 5

2. zunaidahmed (Posts: 976; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


Alan F. Is basically the Apple version of TechieXP, I would not expect anything less than this from him, LMAO

posted on 26 Mar 2017, 02:47

3. Phonehex (Posts: 269; Member since: 16 Feb 2016)


No big deal , No one buys iPhone 6 anymore anyway.

posted on 26 Mar 2017, 04:02

6. FlySheikh (Posts: 405; Member since: 02 Oct 2015)


I am not as well. Get used to it.

posted on 26 Mar 2017, 11:41 6

16. Alan01 (Posts: 424; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


First of all, if you can't tell the difference between the 100c and the iPhone 6 even with a cursory glance, I'd suggest getting asses. And if you already wear glasses, get stronger lenses.

Secondly, I don't even use an iPhone and have been an Android user for 95% of my life. Had this been about the Galaxy S7, I would have approached this story the same way.

You find bias because you want to find bias in every article you read. And that makes you the fanboy.

Alan F.

posted on 26 Mar 2017, 13:09

17. Unordinary (unregistered)


glasses*, but yes, they all need to get out of their basement and get some ass too

posted on 26 Mar 2017, 14:38

18. whatev (Posts: 308; Member since: 28 Oct 2015)


If you find these phones look the same I guess you should be worried about your eyes, I think you should try with glasses first, if this doesn't work then you sould consider surgery

posted on 26 Mar 2017, 18:49

20. xfire99 (Posts: 923; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


You are the one that need wear stringer lens glasses. Both have 4 rounded corners and that's infringement! If Samsung got sued by 4 rectangular corners, so should Apple got asskicked back by 4 rounded corners.It's called Dejan Vu!

posted on 27 Mar 2017, 00:19

21. yyzamin (Posts: 232; Member since: 26 Aug 2015)


Its pretty obvious they both very different handsets.

posted on 26 Mar 2017, 02:52 6

4. shahin.wadud (Posts: 5; Member since: 01 Jul 2016)


shame to Apple .... they even copy Chinese product

posted on 26 Mar 2017, 08:22

9. bucky (Posts: 3040; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Lol yea, they definitely targeted this phone to contend with. The Chinese will whip up a phone in 2 weeks based on rumours alone.

posted on 26 Mar 2017, 08:55

10. -swagfox- (Posts: 30; Member since: 01 Dec 2016)


They don't even look similar. The corners are rounded kinda similarly, but apple did that with THE OG IPHONE 2G. They can't claim that. The camera is of a similar size and in the same place. THEY CAN'T FREAKING CLAIM THAT. NOBODY CAN. DID YOU EVEN SEE THE IMAGE AT THE START OF THE ARTICLE?

posted on 26 Mar 2017, 09:15 1

11. trojan_horse (Posts: 3962; Member since: 06 May 2016)


I couldn't care less, duh.... Apple is the one who started all these sue-for-design nonesene in the first place.

Live by the sword, die by the sword.

posted on 26 Mar 2017, 03:00 2

5. ibend (Posts: 6456; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


but they didn't ban iPhone6s and iPhone7?

posted on 26 Mar 2017, 04:49 1

7. zeppo (Posts: 164; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)


Go around come around

posted on 26 Mar 2017, 05:18 1

8. Tabby_Tiger (Posts: 233; Member since: 23 Jan 2017)


What's next? China bans the iPhone 8 and 8 + before it's even announced?

posted on 26 Mar 2017, 09:19

12. jeroome86 (Posts: 1853; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Just face it. We're stuck with rectangle slabs for mobile devices. When will someone do something different?

Ugh.

posted on 26 Mar 2017, 10:48

13. trojan_horse (Posts: 3962; Member since: 06 May 2016)


Something different like what ? Oval or triangular slabs?

Ugh.

posted on 26 Mar 2017, 11:16

15. mikehunta727 (Posts: 997; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


Alwaya wanted a triangle smartphone ..

/s

posted on 26 Mar 2017, 10:55 1

14. therealestmc (Posts: 441; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


Amongst all companies in the world a Chinese company should never sue anyone for copying.

posted on 26 Mar 2017, 15:25 1

19. whatev (Posts: 308; Member since: 28 Oct 2015)


It's so nice seeing fandroids get owned by PA authors, it just gives me life :)

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