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


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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21 Comments

1. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 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?

2. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

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

16. Alan01

Posts: 640; Member since: Mar 21, 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.

17. Unordinary unregistered

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

20. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 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!

3. Phonehex

Posts: 768; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

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

6. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

I am not as well. Get used to it.

18. whatev

Posts: 2396; Member since: Oct 28, 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

21. yyzamin

Posts: 383; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Its pretty obvious they both very different handsets.

4. shahin.wadud

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 01, 2016

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

9. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 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.

10. -swagfox-

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 01, 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?

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 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.

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

but they didn't ban iPhone6s and iPhone7?

7. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Go around come around

8. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

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

12. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

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

13. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Something different like what ? Oval or triangular slabs? Ugh.

15. mikehunta727 unregistered

Alwaya wanted a triangle smartphone .. /s

14. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

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

19. whatev

Posts: 2396; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

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

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