Apple IPhone 6 Patent Infringement Case In China Has An Interesting Twist

Posted: Jun 22 2016, 9:43am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 22 2016, 10:19pm CDT, in News | Apple

Apple iPhone 6 Patent Infringement Case in China Has an Interesting Twist
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The Chinese company that says the iPhone 6 has knocked-off their smartphone design has basically collapsed.

A Chinese smartphone maker claiming Apple infringes on patents of their smartphones has raised a lot of attention early this week. The Beijing Intellectual Property Office has ordered that Apple stops selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus because of these allegations. Apple has been quick in issuing a statement that the iPhones are still on sale in China while they fight the ruling.

Digione, the company claiming that Apple infringes on their smartphone design patents, barely exists. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company's subsidiary Baili told Chinese regulators that the iPhone 6 infringed on their patents in 2014. It apparently took the Chinese court two years to handle the case and issue the ban.

In the meantime Baili stopped making smartphones. The company has not been selling products in the past year according the report.

It solely exists now to try to benefit from the patent infringement dispute.

Baili will continue to battle Apple in court, said Digione lawyer Andy Yang, of Beijing Wis & Weals. “Shenzhen Baili is still operational in its necessary functions,” he said.

According to WSJ sources, Chinese internet giant Baidu made a major investment in Digione back in 2013. In 2014 Baidu discovered that Digione has not used the investment as planned and initiated an arbitration case that it won. Baidu did not recoup the investment yet. A settlement with Apple could change that.

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