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Apple Did Not Violate Chinese Phonemaker’s Patent

A Beijing court has overturned a ruling that Apple’s iPhone 6 violated a Chinese manufacturer’s patent which saw the US tech giant ordered to cease selling the smartphone in China. In May last year the Beijing intellectual property bureau had ruled that Apple violated design patents of Chinese maker Shenzhen Baili with its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and would be barred from selling those models. Sales however were not suspended while Apple appealed against the administrative order. The Intellectual Property Court in Beijing on March 24 ruled in favor of the California-based firm. The intellectual property bureau, an administrative body of Beijing municipality, had ruled that the two Apple phones infringed a Baili design patent. It had accused the US firm of having “copied” the exterior design of Baili’s 100C smartphone, which is characterized by a curved edge and rounded corners. But the Beijing court ruled Baili’s claim was without legal basis.

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