“Luxpro displayed its Super Shuffle MP3 player at CeBIT and drew concern from Apple for its similarities with the Apple-made iPod shuffle. According to an interview conducted by the Chinese-language Economic Daily News, Luxpro said that although their product may look like the iPod shuffle, it differs internally and includes an FM radio and voice recorder. Luxpro’s Chairman Fu-Ching Wu told EDN that patents do not cover appearance,” DigiTimes reports.
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MacDailyNews Take: It is called “trade dress infringement” and Apple has won similar cases in the past, for example, the original iMac and Daewoo/eMachines knock-off eOne: http://www.apple.com/uk/pr/0310_daewoo.html
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