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Chinese company sued Apple for allegedly copying its design in iPhone 6, ordered to halt sales




The Beijing Intellectual Property Office has ruled that Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus infringe on the patent rights of another smartphone sold within China. Baili, a Chinese device manufacturer, has recently sued Apple for allegedly copying its smartphone design specifically with the 100C phone that went on sale earlier in April 2014.

“If the position by the Beijing IP office is upheld and Apple doesn’t appeal further, then in theory they wouldn’t be able to sell the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.” – Ted Chwu, IP specialist

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The claim is likely an attempt to achieve a financial settlement with Apple. Although there would appear to be no valid basis for the claim, Apple does sometimes settle disputes rather than go through protracted legal proceedings. As of this writing, Apple has already filed an appeal against the ruling stated below.

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.

Do you find these devices looking exactly the same to each other? Let us know your opinion in the comment section below.

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This article was written by Heland Ortega, Junior Contributor of YugaTech. He is a graduate of Information Technology and Multimedia Arts at FEU Institute of Technology in where he is also now working as a full-time faculty. You can follow him at @helandortega.

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14 Responses

  1. Polemic says:

    I tried really hard…but no, the Baili looks just like any run of the mill Android phone.
    And let’s not forget that Xiaomi and Meizu, on the other hand, is blatantly copying design cues from Apple without any form of resistance.
    Simply ridiculous.

  2. FAKOL says:

    Letseng CHINA yan, namemera lang yan. Hahaha, eh pang CLOUDPHONE yang design nila. Lol

  3. hey apple why can’t you sue chinese copy cat phone makers??? afraid of losing your production workforce at china?

  4. Ronald says:

    it seems china is now beginning to wage war. One by one, first the disputed sea, now with the products they produce. Ano kaya susunod?

    • hatsu says:

      Ay bobo, ano kinalaman ng disputed sea sa apple design? utak munggo

    • Ronald says:

      @Hatsu

      Kaw ang bobo at utak munggo. Ang point ko dito, unti unti na silang gumagawa ng paraan para ma-claim ang dapat daw ay sa kanila! GAGO! Una ang disputed sea di ba sabi nila nung time nung ancestor nila dun sila namamalagi at naghahanap buhay kaya kine-claim nila un ngayon. Ngayon pati design ay inaangkin na rin. Malamang lamang pati electronic chips na gawa ng ibang bansa ay i-claim na sila ang nagdesign kasi karamihan sa mga chips na yun ay gawang china. At malamang lamang sa pagdating ng panahon ay buong mundo na ang i-claim nila kasi aangkinin nila na bawat product ay maraming nakinabang! GAGO! palibhasa gamit ka lang ng gamit hindi mo tinitingnan kung ano ang nagiging motibo nila sa mga ginagawa nila ngayon.

      Malamang lamang din na sa pagdating ng panahon, wala nang makakagamit ng mga gadgets, makakakain, makakapaghanap buhay kapag wala kang tatak sa noo na isa kang pag mamay-ari ng China.

    • Ronald says:

      At hindi nyo ba narinig sa isang comment ng isang news anchor ng China na ang Pilipinas daw ay pagmamay-ari din ng China.

  5. Summer says:

    Pangit nung design, sue pa more.

  6. Silvernaut says:

    The is so funny. No offense sa mga chinese dito pero p*t*ng *na. Ang taas ng tingin niyo sa sirili niyo. Hindi na kayo nahiya. The last time i checked made in china lahat ng fake products hindi lang phones. Pati asukal finifake niyo.

    • galit_sa_mga_mainlanders says:

      You can better differentiate them as the Mainlanders and Tsinoys. The former are generally loud (not only in voice) and exhibit a superiority complex, while the latter try to distance themselves from the “troublemakers” and make friends with the locals.

  7. Easy E says:

    Wag sana kayo malito sa “nationality” at “ethnicity”. Yung mga Pinoy na may lahing Chinese ay mababait din naman. Saka yung mga Chinese na may Pinoy culture ok din naman sila. Iba rin ang culture ng mga taga Hongkong at Taiwan. Pero agree ako sa comment na mataas ang tingin ng mga Chinese (na taga mainland) sa sarili nila. Saka marami sa kanila ay mga salaula sila sa salita at gawa.

  8. Deng says:

    Wow Apple pa ang nag copy sa kanila.

  9. China is the land of copy cats and accused of Apple, a copy that spends millions on R&D, for copying their shitty design? Who would fucking believe that?

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