Apple is facing a copyright infringement lawsuit in China.
Chinese authorities have banned the sale of the iPhone 6 as a court ruled in favor of a Chinese smartphone maker claiming Apple infringes on patents of 100C smartphones. The Beijing Intellectual Property Office has ordered that Apple stops selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus because of these allegations.
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Apple has reacted to the media reports with a statement to CNBC clarifying the situation: "IPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone SE models are all available for sale today in China," Apple said in a statement Friday. "We appealed an administrative order from a regional patent tribunal in Beijing last month and as a result the order has been stayed pending review by the Beijing IP Court."
Chinese consumer electronics companies including Xiaomi, Huawei and endless number of startups have shown that they can innovate. The age of the copycat business model is over. Some Chinese companies apparently think that copying and the suing the original designer is a viable business.
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The Beijing IP court will hopefully come to its senses. The chances for that to happen are fifty-fifty. Apple lost in May to a Chinese company that uses iPhone on their leather goods.