Beijing’s Intellectual Property Office recently held that Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus infringe on design patent rights held by Chinese device maker Shenzhen Baili.
The reason for the decision was because Apple’s iPhones too closely resemble the Chinese company’s 100C phone, reported Bloomberg News.
Apple has appealed the decision to a higher Chinese court. Until a final ruling is made, Apple will continue to sell its iPhones in China, Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet told Bloomberg News.
BMO Capital Markets analyst Tim Long in New York doesn’t believe the ruling is conclusive.
“We have seen dozens of court decisions banning different smartphone products over the years in many different countries. We are not aware of one ever that has resulted in an actual injunction,” Long said.
Despite the fact, there is no doubt this is taking a bite out of Apple as this ruling is among many recent obstacles for the tech giant.
About a month before this, the Beijing tribunal ruled against Apple allowing a small Chinese maker of accessories to use the iPhone name as a label for wallets and purses.
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