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Apple Wins iPhone 6 Patent Case in China

Mar 27, 2017 02:23 PM EDT

American multinational technological company Apple has won a case in a Beijing court over a patent battle about the iPhone 6. The court has overturned a ruling saying that the company has violated a patent owned by a local manufacturer, Shenzhen Baili.

In a report by the South China Morning Post, the Intellectual Property Court in Beijing has decided to favor Apple over the Shenzhen Baili, stating that Apple has not copied any patents from the local manufacturer. Originally, the Beijing Intellectual Property Office ruled that the tech giant violated design patents of the local device with their iPhone 6 and iPhones 6 Plus last May.

With this ruling last May, Apple was ordered not to sell their iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s in Beijing. Wall Street Journal has reported that the Cupertino-based company was accused of copying the exterior design of the 100C smartphone, which is a device of Shenzhen Baili.

The local manufacturer accused Apple of copying the curved edge and rounded corners. Shenzhen Baili's claimed were also backed up by the Chinese internet giant Baidu.

Ever since Shenzhen Baili accused Apple of infringement of designing elements, the local manufacturer has been unfolded as a manufacturer of "poor quality" products. The South China Morning Post has accumulated various Chinese customers criticizing the local manufacturer.

This is not the first time that Apple fought in the court against a Chinese company. Chinese company Xintong Tiandi Technology faced the tech giant after they used the iPhone trademark in their leather goods such as handbags and local phone cases back last year.

Apple has applied for the trademark of the name "iPhone" in China last 2002 under the category of computer hardware and software. However, the application was not approved until November 2013, giving Xintong Tiandi Technology trademark the name under the category of leather goods last September 2007.

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