China to halt sales of the iPhone 6/6 Plus, says Apple infringed on this phone


Apparently, Apple has infringed on the design patents of a phone by an obscure Chinese company called Baili, and Beijing’s intellectual property regulator can essentially shut down all sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the capital city, pending appeals at higher court. This rather strange ruling postulates that the exterior shape and form of the iPhone 6 look exactly like the Baili 100C, which is evidently a subject of patent protection: "The Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have minor differences from Baili's 100C. The differences are so tiny that the average customer could not notice. So, this case falls into the patent rights protection category," ruled the property office on May 10.

The move comes just as Apple is betting on China as one of the sales hotspots with the most potential for its iPhones, and is a somewhat funny (certainly not for Apple) turn of events, considering the way the US patent system works. Apple, Samsung, and other phone makers are in a constant fight to patent the most diminutive detail or even an idea, so as not to be a subject of such a ban some time in the future. The patent lawyers that work for Apple in Beijing are obviously not up to the task if they have missed the obvious similarities in the Baili 100C, and the iPhone 6 design. 

We kid, but the move is just the next in a recent crusade against Apple in China, as the company was also ordered to shut down its iBooks and iTunes Movies services there, lost the rights to the iPhone trademark, and now this. The potential ban on sales of older iPhones in Beijing likely won't affect Apple's bottom line much, as they are soon going to be phased out from production anyway, to make room for the iPhone 7, but still, it may be a harbinger of further such scuffles with Chinese regulators.

source: WSJ

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65 Comments

1. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

well.. i wonder why China doesn't halt sales of the 3000 iPhone rip-offs and bootleg versions on sale as well. oh yeah, i forgot they're always crappy chinese makers

19. pppddd

Posts: 19; Member since: May 11, 2015

Did you read the actual article? Decision was appealed and sales were never halted. Not to mention it happened more then a month ago. The phonearena headline claims china halted sales but the actual WSJ article says differently...lol

37. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Because is a country full of sh** and we only tolerate them, because they are the second largest economy. Also, they built most of our consumers good for cheap.

42. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Check for the "Made in China" line on your phone box.

48. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Here in my country. We still get fake iPhone 6 and 6 plus. And is sold at $250. Problem is. It's an android phone disguise as an iOS.

49. enthasuium

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

if iphone is Baili's 100C ripoff then whats the point of saying 3000 iphone ripoff. IT should be Baili's 100C ripoff. iphone is stolen product

52. Rocket

Posts: 654; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Agree!

70. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

ripoff is definitely illegal, supercopy, or anything like that. It's different altogether when one OFFICIAL-company designs one thing then the other OFFICIAL-comapny designs look the same. Did you forget the Apple's "icons, and design" patent? ridiculous, no? apples get karma, if the karma is not from the US then it will come from the other place

2. perry1234

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

China is just a jealous communist. How can an american company overshadow the profit margins of its own indigenously made phones ?

3. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I'm not seeing the resemblance at all.

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? yet I've seen you say Samsung's phones look like iPhone's. Now lie and say you didn't...lol They look as similar as the claims of what people say about the Galaxy S. But when you fools make those claims you talk about stupid things like the headphone jack location, or the speaker grill. This whole phone looks a lot like the iPhone. But just to show how hypocritical both Apple and this lawsuit is, Apple never went after this company here -http://www.goophoneshops.com/ Yet Apple sued Samsung claiming their stuff looks to much like Apple's,, yet this company makes device that are 100% identical even down to skinnign Android to look exactly like iOS. They simply put inferior hardware inside. But no one can tell the difference not even hardcore Apple fans. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=fake+iphone+vs+real In fact many Chinese are using these fake ones. Has Apple ever sued this company? Nope! You know why? Because Apple is guilty of ripping off lots of Chinese companies and likely didnt want to attack attention. In fact several Chinese companies have been suing Apple. Apple stole the Siri UI from Xiao i-Robot which was the same application. It looks like Apple changed the Ui and just translated it to english. Apple is as bad or worse than these Chiense ripoff artist. After all, "good artist copy; great artists steal".

38. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

It is almost impossible to sue Chinese companies in China, or else Apple, Samsung, and many others would be suing the socks off Chinese companies. The KIRF companies like Goophone have to sell in places like the EU or US in order for the big boys to drag them into court.

56. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I don't think its impossibl;e, its just if you're suing, you better not be guilty of stealing. Apple is guilty of stealing. The iPhone 6 design is simply not unique. In fact the curves on the edges are the same radius as they are on the Ativ S. But those kind of cosmetic details don't matter to me. After all shapes are fairly standard. I personally dont see it as a copy to use a similar or even exact shape. But when fans say stupid things like, look their speaker grill has drilled holes like Apple. The dummies don't consider the fact that, in order to get holes in metal, YOU MUST DRILL THEM. But see they lack this kind of common sense.

34. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

rectangular with rounded corner. Karma is a bitch.

41. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You're joking right?

4. rahul1999

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Based on the header image provided by phonearena, I completely fail to see the similarity between the phones. The only thing that is minutely similar is the round camera ring. That's it ntn else.

59. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Let me ask it the way it was done in the Apple vs Samsung case. If both of these devices were of a similar color, and the homes screens were setup to look as similar as possible, and you were standing 500FT away from these 2 phones, could you tell them apart? I can say with an affirmation that even with glasses on, I wouldn't be able too.

6. irfankhann1

Posts: 9; Member since: May 15, 2013

Joke of 2016

7. TheGranter

Posts: 63; Member since: Jan 28, 2016

china is a butthurt overcrowded country that will be swallowed by it's own gigantic ass. Never buy chinese products, never support chinese people.

11. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

You typed that on a Chinese product. Must feel weird now.

58. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Nah. My product is from Korea. Says so on the sticker on the box. "Made in Korea".

17. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Right idea, however when was the last time you check the label on the electronic you bought that doesn't say "made in china"? They'rẻ all from china.

21. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

Apple is a Chinese product.

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Where do you live? Do you live in the USA? Most retailers sell roughly 75% goods that a re made in China. After all, after China purchased $billions in US debt, we had to give them something. 90% of Apple's products are made in China. While more than 70% of Samsung products are made in Korea. Hmmm! Samsung is 25% of its country's GDP. Apple Is 0.5% Of US GDP, 0.15% Of Global GDP. WAKE UP MERIKA!!!!!!!!!!! Apple is gettign over on you with their overprice crappy products

39. htcisthebest

Posts: 436; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

I am with you on this one. Rotten apple go bankrupt!

35. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

over 90% of everything electronic is made in china or with part made in china. sure they are designed by others but still.. so you want to buy nothing?

53. Rocket

Posts: 654; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Why the hate?

8. TBomb

Posts: 1484; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Well.... if it goes through with the ban on the 6/6+.. and theres no major design change between the 6s/6s+ and the 7/7+ then i could see it being an issue.... product lines look so simliar to their predecessors nowadays that you ban one from a line, you ban them all.

15. cherry.dev

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Meizu will sue Apple for stealing their design.

25. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Meizu? Uh, right. Next you will say Xiaomi will sue Apple for having the audacity to create iOS and make it look Mi. Chinese brands rarely sell outside China, and if they do, they sell in places where IP protection is weak or nonexistent, because they are the Kings of KIRF. China, in general, is the biggest copycat of any major nation. Cars, military weapons, appliances, you name it, and China has bad copies.

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