Chinese handset maker claims Apple stole new iPhone design
Digione, a handset manufacturer in China, sued Apple, Inc. for allegedly stealing its design which can be seen on the Cupertino’s flagship devices, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
According to the open letter posted on social media site Sina Weibo (Chinese microblogging site), the iPhones were infringing on a patent granted to Digione back in July, during the time when leaks for the Cupertino giant’s new flagship device were in full swing. The handset company tried to contact Apple via letter early this year but the company failed to respond. As a result, the company has taken to the internet to publish its case.
Digione, the one who filed for the lawsuit, released a smartphone under its subsidiary brand, 100+, called the V6 a few months back and has a 5.5 Inch display with Android running the show. This smartphone, as the company says, is the result of the patent they were granted. Meanwhile, Apple refused to comment, according to the source we’re citing in this article. This comes at a time when Apple is pushing their new smartphones into the Chinese market, currently dominated by their own local brands such as Xiaomi and Meizu.
Is it really a copy or just another of Apple’s patent trolls?