BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The Beijing court decided that Apple should win the battle over the design of the iPhone 6. On Friday, the court pronounced the sentence in favor of the American tech giant. Also, the company that sued Apple for supposedly stealing the patent design for iPhone 6 no longer exists.
A small Chinese company accused Apple of design violation
In May 2016, the small Chinese company Shenzhen Baili Marketing Services requested a court ruling, as they blamed Apple for violating their patent designs. More specifically, they claimed that the tech giant got too inspired from Baili’s 100C model when designing the appearance of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Shenzen Baili claimed that the exterior design of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was actually a copy of their 100C smartphones. As the details which were supposedly stolen from them, Shenzen Baili noted the curved corners of the smartphone and several other design features.
However, further evidence proved that this company was barely in existence at the time when they filed the court complaint. Thus, the law officials had difficulties in finding the so-called 100C smartphones. Thus, after these facts were made public, an intellectual property court from Beijing analyzed the case.
The intellectual property court ruled in Apple’s favor
They decided that Baili’s claims had no basis, and went in Apple’s favor. They emphasized the fact that the Baili phones were different and could be easily distinguished from the iPhones. Also, since the company no longer existed, it no longer produced phones. Thus, the value of the intellectual property was considerably reduced.
Initially, there existed an injunction which tried to prevent Apple from selling the phones in China. However, they were quicker and signed an administrative act which allowed them to continue selling the iPhones until the final decision of the court. The fight might not be over. Shenzen Baili declared that they were planning to appeal.
The Chinese court has caused a lot of controversy when they allowed the Xintong Tiandi company to continue manufacturing leather goods under the name of “iphone” or “IPHONE”. However, this decision regained some hope that they will not always rule in favor of home businesses.
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