In the summer of 2016, the Beijing Intellectual Property Office discovered that Apple had copied design features of a Baili smartphone and despite that, sales were allowed to continue while Apple’s appeal was underway. Interestingly, the patents filed by Baili dates back to 2014 just before the time images of iPhone 6 started to surface on internet and there were several rumors that the company simply copied the designs from the leaked images. However, the company denied such claims and went on to file a lawsuit against Apple back in December 2014.
By the time of the IPO decision, the company became insolvent and the IPO issued suspended sales injunction against Apple. However, in the appeal, iPhone makers argued that iPhone 6 and 6 Plus contained 13 easily noticeable technical differences. As over the years Apple have faced complicated issues with the Chinese patent and trademark system, it’s not unsurprising to see the news.
Featured Image: Wikimedia Commons