No, the iPhone hasn’t been hit with a China sales ban, but Apple is in a sticky situation

“A couple of inaccurate reports, such as one on Forbes, suggest that Apple’s iPhone today got hit with a nationwide sales ban in China due to a copyright case,” Steven Millward reports for Tech in Asia.

“That’s not true,” Millward reports. “But Apple is facing a weird and complex legal challenge right now.”

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus infringe on Shenzhen Baili’s patent rights because of similarities to its 100C phone, the Beijing Intellectual Property Office wrote in its decision… While the decision covers only Beijing, future lawsuits against Apple could take the case as a precedent, potentially influencing the outcomes of litigation elsewhere in China.

Millward reports, “So the iPhone is still on sale in Beijing and across the country.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: There’s no “infringement” on Apple’s part.

The devices involved:

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


Apple iPhone 6
Apple iPhone 6

Beijing regulator orders Apple to stop sales of iPhone 6/Plus models – June 17, 2016
Chinese company sues Apple for alleging ‘copying’ their design in iPhone 6 – June 16, 2016


    1. Yehhh, let’s see if I have this straight…
      – Android copies iOS
      – Various companies copy phone design from Apple
      And because an iPhone model resembles a model from this company, it’s determined to be an infringement of patent rights, BY APPLE!!!! WTF!!!!!

  1. The Didi Chuxing purchase was a national payoff — they still need to take care of the local municipalities. Someone needs to explain correct graft procedures to Apple.

  2. If this is true infringement they should be stopping all production of iPhones in their country, why is it ok to produce an infringing product but not sell it. Apple you better have a plan in place to move manufacturing.

    Maybe Apple could produce the iPhone 7 next to the MacPro. Then we would not see the 7s till 2020 or later.

  3. Oh, how the Apple shorters spin their tales to manipulate the stock down for their big profit taking. Is it a coincidence that news of large short positions being taken over the last couple days are followed by potentially explosive stories like the story of a iPhone ban in China, which now appears to be inaccurate? Someone must have fed inaccurate information to Forbes.

    I will say that Wall Street has lost its way and many seem willing to break the country and the world economy, as long as they take a profit. We need the banks to return to building up the country, not tearing it down.

    “What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world, and loses his own soul?”

    “The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the alien, denying them justice.”

    “A man’s life does not consist of the things he possesses.”

    “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”

    1. I should say – I cannot say this story was stock manipulation – I only want to call attention to the seeming coincidence of large short positions and such explosively negative stories.

  4. Apple has to be the weakest tech stock on the market. It’s so easy to drive down the share price considering how cheap people say the stock is. I continue to say, the stock is cheap and continues to get cheaper by the day, but it doesn’t seem like a bargain to own. It just seems like a bad investment. The P/E is now in the mid 10.x range. It’s an insult how big investors happily buy Amazon, Tesla, Alphabet and Microsoft while they toss Apple aside like a used condom. It’s really sad how owning Apple turned to poison so quickly.

    I hope Apple is buying plenty of its own stock back on a day like this. There shouldn’t be much competition in such a huge seller’s market. It’s almost as though Tim Cook is deliberately trying to sandbag the company’s value.

  5. This is probably not even news in China, only in the US where any news is used to push Apple share values down.

    I really don’t see what is similar between 100C vs the iPhone 6, when considering the multitude of phones on the market from HTC, Samsung, LG, Sony Xperia Z3 (in particular look more like the 100C)… Really no end in sight.

    If this pain in the rear, is going to be a regular nuance for Apple, they have to decide if China’s market is worth the harassment.

    Manufacturing in China is like a different planet than market sales. So it doesn’t really matter if Apple stays or leaves. The laws, it faces, only effect sales of products and not production itself, because who cares what you make, as long as factories get paid.

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