iPhone 6 claimed to copy a Chinese smartphone design
Apple is very famous for retaliating against any company that copies it’s designs, and we have the extensive Apple Vs. Samsung trial to prove it. That said, it’s extremely common for anyone to find Chinese rip-offs of any iPhone all around Asia. Isn’t it odd that today we find news or a Chinese company claiming otherwise?
Chinese smartphone maker Digione is claiming that the design of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are a copy of its existing design for a device under its 100+ brand in China. This device is a low-end $130 smartphone that’s apparently been available for a while, even though Digione only mentions that the patent for the design dates back to January. Digione claims that not only the design was copied, but even the color options, even if these color options have been part of Apple’s lineup since last year. The Chinese Stare Intellectual Property Office granted the patent in July, and Digione claims that it wrote a letter to Apple upon the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in September.
At this point it’s clear that Apple has been unresponsive to the claim, and it’s the reason why Digione claimed to have been forced to make the letter public today. The company claims that it hopes to reach a settlement with Apple before any legal action is required, but we have a feeling there will be more drama in weeks to come.