“Beijing’s intellectual property regulator has ordered Apple Inc. to stop sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the city, ruling that the design is too similar to a Chinese phone, in another setback for the company in a key overseas market,” Eva Dou reports for The Wall Street Journal.
“Some mobile-phone stores in the city said they had already stopped selling the two models months ago, switching to newer models. Apple will soon end production of both models, according to a person familiar with the production plans,” Dou reports. “The two iPhone models infringe on a Chinese patent for exterior design held by Shenzhen Baili for its 100C smartphone, the Beijing Intellectual Property Bureau wrote in a statement on its website dated May 19.”
Dou reports, “Apple has the option to appeal the ruling to a higher court, according to Chinese law.”
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MacDailyNews Take: This is simply a stupid ruling that needs to be overturned. Now, according to Fortune, Apple has already appealed the ruling to a higher court, which supposedly allows it to continue selling the iPhone 6/Plus until that court makes its ruling. Hey, this is China. As usual, nobody knows what’s going on exactly. It is ironic that every single Apple iPhone ever has been mercilessly knocked off by Chinese copiers with impunity, but Apple gets crap like this.
UPDATE 9:45am EDT: CNBC is reporting that Apple has immediately appealed the ruling and that all of the company’s products are still for sale throughout the country.
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