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Patent Breach to Halt Chinese iPhone Sales

Olivia Long - June 17, 2016 - 05:34 PM
Patent Breach to Halt Chinese iPhone Sales
Apple has been ordered to stop selling its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in China, since they violate a preexisting patent.

(CCM) — Beijing's intellectual property coordinator has ordered that Apple stop its sale of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models in China, due to their violation of an existing patent for a similar smartphone exterior design. The Wall Street Journal reports that the patent in question is owned by Shenzhen Baili, a relatively unknown company that is headed by a former-Huawei Technologies Co. executive. In response to these reports, Apple claims that the order has been stayed pending appeal and that the sale of its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in China has not yet officially stopped. The ruling has, however, brought up uncertainty surrounding the Chinese release of newer iPhone models, as their similar physical designs could also be determined to be patent-infringing.

Apple is not the only Western technology company to be met with resistance in the Asian market in recent months. In early June, India's Ministry of Home Affairs announced a ban on Google's Street View in its country. The office's claim was that the inclusion of Indian landmarks and high-traffic areas in the databases of image-capturing services, like Street View, would weaken the country's ability to defend itself from attacks on its people.

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