Apple Victorious In Chinese Patent Court
March 28, 2017
A Chinese court has overturned a ban on selling iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones in that country, after finding that Apple did not infringe on the design patent of a domestic phone maker. Shenzhen Baili Marketing Services lodged a complaint last year, claiming the patent for its phone was infringed by iPhone sales. The Beijing Intellectual Property Office ordered Apple’s Chinese subsidiary and a local retailer to stop selling the phones. But last week a court revoked the ban, saying Apple and retailer Zoomflight had not violated the design patent. It also found that the regulator had not properly followed procedures in ordering the ban without sufficient proof of a violation. The Beijing IP Office is considering whether to appeal, the New York Times reports.
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