Bizarre Beijing ruling says iPhone 6 copies Chinese phone, Apple must halt sales

Bizarre Beijing ruling says iPhone 6 copies Chinese phone, Apple must halt sales, by Ben Lovejoy.

Bloomberg reports a Beijing Intellectual Property Office ruling that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus violate the design patent of a Chinese phone, and that Apple must cease sales of both models within the city. …

Bizarre intellectual property rulings are not unusual in China – witness Apple losing the exclusive right to the iPhone trademark there last month – but this one does appear to set a new record, as the iPhone 6 looks nothing like the Baili 100C …

The claim is likely an attempt to achieve a financial settlement with Apple. Although there would appear to be no valid basis for the claim, Apple does sometimes settle disputes rather than go through protracted legal proceedings.

We’ve discussed before how China invites a western company in to set up factories in China, gets all their intellectual property including training of a Chinese workforce, boots the company out by making life difficult, then uses the company’s Chinese factories to compete with the western company. Looks like it might be happening even to Apple, or maybe it’s just a simple extortion.

hat-tip Matthew