Chinese company sues Apple for alleging ‘copying’ their design in iPhone 6

“Baili, a Chinese device maker, has sued Apple for allegedly copying its smartphone design in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus,” Don Reisinger reports for Fortune.

“A Chinese court recently granted Baili an injunction that would have forced Apple to remove the iPhone 6 line from store shelves,” Reisinger reports. “However, Apple quickly appealed the ruling to a higher court, which will allow it to continue selling the iPhone 6 line until that court makes its own ruling on the case.”

“The smartphone in question is Baili’s 100C, which sells under the 100+ brand,” Reisinger reports. “According to a posting on Tenna, a China-based e-commerce site, the 100C went on sale in April 2014. Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus went on sale in the fall of 2014, which Baili has noted in its argument against Apple.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Nope.

Baili 100+ 100C phone
Baili 100+ 100C phone


Apple iPhone 6
Apple iPhone 6


  1. I think you can make just as strong an argument that the roots of the Baili phone are just as clearly in the previous iPhones (and other smartphones, for that matter).

  2. Is this turnaround for when the Apple lawyer took an iPad and a Samsung tablet and stood a few feet away and challenged the Samsung attorney to tell the difference during that case?

    1. No really, likely the design filtered out to other companies in China. The design could have been easily acquired well before Apple put it to market.
      The iPad was already created before the iPhone. They released the iPhone first and then the iPad later to the public.

    1. I don’t think Baili has to go international to significantly influence Apple.. Apple has a large enough income from China to be affected if things go south with their suit.

  3. I think it’s ironic that China has now banned sales of the iPhone 6 because they say it’s too similar to the completely reverse-engineered Chinese copycat. If you look in the dictionary under “Chutzpah” you’ll see a picture of the cheap Chinese knockoff.

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