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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.


100+ V6 and the iPhone 6 Plus

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?


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7 Responses

  1. Miss Call says:

    “A patent troll, also called a patent assertion entity (PAE), is a person or company who enforces patent rights against accused infringers in an attempt to collect licensing fees, but does not manufacture products or supply services based upon the patents in question, thus engaging in economic rent-seeking.”

    If the company is producing products based on the patent, that is not a patent troll.

  2. drew says:

    Another troll. haha the Digione was granted this patent July this year while apple’s design was constructed last year.

  3. Pat says:

    The boy who cried wolf

  4. Justin says:

    GO Digione!

  5. fce says:

    “As a result, the company has taken to the internet to publish its case.”

    I’m not a fan of Apple but Digione is about 4 months early for an April Fools joke. Why seek internet publicity rather than take its case to court, if they have a case.

  6. jm says:

    puro patent patent sa design. sa dinami dami ng smartphone ngayon magagawa mo pa bang ibabahin ang itsura? maliban nlang kung gawin mong bilog oh triangle sigurado wlang patent. or from pentagon pataas.
    mga ungas

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