Chinese Court Overturns iPhone 6 Patent Ruling in Apple's Favor

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A Beijing court has overturned a 2016 ruling that Apple's iPhone 6 violated a Chinese manufacturer's patent, which saw intellectual property regulators attempt to bar sale of the phone in the country (via South China Morning Post).

Last June we reported that ailing company Shenzhen Baili filed a lawsuit against Apple claiming that the iPhone 6 violated the patent of its 100c smartphone. Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, the Beijing Intellectual Property Office ruled that the iPhone did infringe on Shenzhen's patent rights, accusing Apple of having "copied" the exterior design of the 100c phone.


The Cupertino company was ordered to halt sales in Beijing completely, but an appeal at a regional patent tribunal was granted that allowed both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to remain on sale. Today's news finally appears to have put an end to the legal dispute.

The court "quashes the decision of the bureau" and "recognises that Apple ... has not infringed the design patent filed by the company Shenzhen Baili", according to the verdict reported by the People’s Court Daily.

The Beijing court ruled that the features of the iPhone 6 "completely change[d] the effect of the entire product" and made both phones "easily distinguishable in the eyes of consumers".

The decision is likely to be another nail in the coffin for Baili, which was reported to "barely exist" even at the time of its original victory in the intellectual property office. The company, along with its parent Digione, is no longer a competitor in the Chinese smartphone market and has since collapsed, blighted by mismanagement and public criticism of its products, which were seen as poor quality.

Apple's lawyers will be relieved with today's ruling, given that Apple has been on the losing side of Chinese intellectual property lawsuits in the past. In May 2016, an "iPhone" branded leather goods maker won a lawsuit filed by Apple, after the court ruled Xintong Tiandi had registered the word as a trademark in 2007, while Apple's phones didn't go on sale in China until 2009.

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42 months ago
Bribing works
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42 months ago
All that investment and praising of globalization and affirmation that Apple is in China to stay that we read about earlier in the week is paying off, I see. :cool: Finally.
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42 months ago

So they actually thought they had a chance....

Well, that's refreshing..... Meanwhile, Tim is singing in the shower.

must be hard to come up with something clever and be first comment :D
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42 months ago
I like how people jump to the conclusion that this is happening because of Tim's bribery, despite showing no evidence whatsoever. Their conclusion is based on whatever general "impression" they have about how things work outside of their realm of knowledge.

Guess this is how the vaccination causes autism argument got its momentum. We have a far way to go in basic logic and science methodology education.
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42 months ago

Well, that's refreshing..... Meanwhile, Tim is singing in the shower.

Thanks for sharing your fantasy.
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42 months ago

seems to fit nicely with the other news around China and apple this week . See you can teach an old dog new tricks if they really want the $$$ :)
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Seriously ? :)

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/richardlevick/2015/01/21/new-data-bribery-is-often-an-unspoken-rule-in-china/amp/

Just do a little research

Seriously. Nothing that can be proven although the rhetoric makes for great pejorative discussions.

Until you can prove it happened, in this instance, the statement is hyperbole.
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