China Uses Trade Dress To Halt iPhone Sales

Beijing Regulator Orders Apple to Stop Sales of Two iPhone Models [if paywalled, put headline into Google Search to read free]

BEIJING—Beijing’s intellectual property regulator has ordered Apple Inc. to stop sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the city, ruling that the design is too similar to a Chinese phone, in another setback for the company in a key overseas market.

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The two iPhone models infringe on a Chinese patent for exterior design held by Shenzhen Baili for its 100C smartphone, the Beijing Intellectual Property Bureau wrote in a statement on its website dated May 19.

Oh this is hilarious.

If Apple had balls, they’d turn around and sue on the same basis the following companies for infringing on the design of the iPad and iPad Mini: Xiaomi, Chuwi, Onda, Teclast, CUBE, Colorfly, and even their assembler, Foxconn, which puts out the Nokia N1 tablet!

If Apple has just one ball, they’d sue Xiaomi on trade dress grounds and freak the hell out of the Chinese leadership.

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