Apple won the battle to continue their sale of Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone6 Plus in China
A ban has been overturned by a Chinese Court that threatened to discontinue the sale of Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone6 Plus in China. The court completely supports Apple in this patent dispute.
Last year, Baili, a local Chinese firm sought a ban, claiming that the iPhone copied the design of their 100C smartphone. After the claim, the Chinese patent regulator agreed with the local firm and put a ban on Apple phones as well as local reseller Zoomflight.
The Chinese court has now overturned the ban on iPhone and iPhone plus said that the Chinese patent regulator did not follow the right or proper procedure in the inquiry. While the court case and appeal were being heard, the sale of the phones was allowed to continue.
In the aftermath, The Beijing Intellectual Property Court gave the decision that the Chinese patent body had not given a decision with enough evidence. This proved that the patented design was not violated by Apple. The court clearly stated that iPhone 6 and 6plus did not infringe on the design that owned by Baili. Users of Apple models and 100c can easily distinguish between the handsets of both companies.
Due to strong local competition from Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and several other firms, sales of Apple phones have come under pressure in China. Local and new companies are offering their phones at a far cheaper rate than Apple.
After the decision is taken, Baili and the Beijing’s Intellectual Property Office are considering, whether to appeal against the Chinese court’s decision or not.