Little-known Chinese phone vendor says Apple's iPhone 6 may infringe on one of its design patents
posted by Florin T. / Dec 02, 2014, 6:07 PM
The Chinese company that we’re talking about is Digione (so it’s not a well-known one), while the patent covers the design of an Android-based smartphone sold by the company’s 100+ brand for around $130. MacWorld has obtained a copy of the patent application, noting that the patent was granted to Digione in July. The patent is valid only in China and does, indeed, depict a device that resembles the iPhone 6. Feature-wise, the device offers a 5.5-inch display, and an octa-core MediaTek processor.
Digione sent a letter to Apple on September 2, when the iPhone 6 hadn’t been officially announced (though we all knew what it would look like). The letter simply informed Apple about the possibility of a future patent infringement, inviting the Cupertino company to “communication with goodwill.” It doesn’t look like Apple responded at all, because Digione recently posted the letter on Weibo (China’s leading microblogging website) for a “chance to tell the truth.” It’s not clear if Digione will sue Apple or not, but we’re going to keep an eye on this to see how things evolve.
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Chinese tactic: Steal secrets from Foxconn employees, scramble to making similar looking phone, release that phone first, sue the original phone maker for ripping off their design.
posted on Dec 02, 2014, 6:12 PM 22
wow thats apples job of stealing then sues all others
posted on Dec 02, 2014, 10:50 PM 10
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Yes Apple has always copied the chinese. They copied Siri from Chinese and had to pay millions to settle the matter. Looks like another copying from Chinese would land them in trouble. Chinese would rip Apple and that money monger called Cook.
posted on Dec 02, 2014, 11:21 PM 4
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The patent was approved in July 2014, IPhone was announced in September. so the logic is right.
posted on Dec 03, 2014, 11:26 AM 1
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Apple fanboys will claim they used a time machine lol... But in all seriousness, it will be interesting to see how this goes.
posted on Dec 02, 2014, 6:12 PM 18
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dubious claim and small company vs deep pockets of Apple, it won't be interesting where it'll go because it wont go anywhere, and when things go nowhere it isn't interesting at all.
posted on Dec 02, 2014, 8:42 PM 4
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I don't like apple at all, but iPhone 6 is too similar to iphones 4, 4s, 5, 5c, 5s.... One cannot say that its design is inspireted in anything but its own devices (except maybe that sony prototype). This company just used the leaked pics that dates before july....
posted on Dec 02, 2014, 6:15 PM 4
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You're forgetting the HTC One M8. The iPhone 6 is s virtual clone of it.
posted on Dec 02, 2014, 7:49 PM 9
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I'm not quite sure... HTC paid apple so they could use apple design in their products... so maybe M8 (which is closely related to M7) is the one taking inspiration here... again.. I don't like apple and their philosophy, but the facts are there
posted on Dec 02, 2014, 8:10 PM 1
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From this CNET article, Apple's design patents aren't covered. http://www.cnet.com/news/apple
posted on Dec 02, 2014, 8:22 PM 3
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Then Apple pulls out the iPod touch and the first iphone. After that, it just buys the company and fire all the employees lol!
posted on Dec 02, 2014, 6:24 PM 7
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All apple has to say is 'we didn't copy, look how big our bezels are'
posted on Dec 02, 2014, 7:09 PM 12
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posted on Dec 02, 2014, 7:29 PM 0
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