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China iPhone Ban Overturned

Paul Rubens - March 27, 2017 - 09:22 AM
China iPhone Ban Overturned
A Chinese court has ruled that Apple's iPhone 6 and 6Plus do not infringe a local manufacturer's patent.

(CCM) — A ban on the sale of Apple's iPhone 6 and 6Plus smartphones in China has been overturned following a court case from which Apple emerged as the victor, the BBC reports. The court ruled in favor of Apple in a patent dispute with a Chinese company called Baili. The company claimed that the iPhone infringed on the design of its 100C smartphone, according to the report. China's patent regulator agreed with Baili and imposed a ban on the two iPhone models. However, the Beijing Intellectual Property Court concluded that the two iPhone models did not infringe on Baili's patent because its 100c smartphone and Apple's products are easily distinguishable. Despite this ruling, the court turned down Apple's request for Baili's patent to be disallowed. Baili is considering whether to launch an appeal against the court's decision.

Apple and Zoomflight, its local reseller, were allowed to continue selling the iPhones while the court case was being heard, in spite of the ban. However, Apple's sales in China fell by a third last year due to strong competition from local smartphone-makers, including Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo.

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