Apple fighting Chinese company over design patent, sales ban
Apple has been dealing with blow after blow in its patent challenges recently. Samsung is getting more support for its bid to overturn a verdict for Cupertino while patent holders are getting away with more money. China has been tightening its grip on its international commerce relations recently, especially with Apple — once on branding and again on controversial content.
Now, the Beijing Intellectual Property Bureau has ordered Apple to stop selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the city. Why? Because the design apparently infringed upon a patent held by Shenzhen Baili specifically regarding its 100C phone, dated December of 2015. It’s not clear what aspect of the design has been patented.
The statement was made on May 19, but it has only gotten traction this week from Chinese press.
Apple said that it’s still selling the iPhones while the order has been stayed. The company has been fighting Baili in intellectual property court for over a year.
Source: Wall Street Journal