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Apple is being sued in China for allegedly copying the design for the iPhone 6

By James Lu - on 17 Jun 2016, 11:30am

Apple is being sued in China for allegedly copying the design for the iPhone 6

Baili's 100C... or is it Apple's iPhone 6?

Apple's woes in China continue as the Beijing Intellectual Property Office recently granted Shenzhen-based brand Baili an injunction against Apple that will force it to remove the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus from all Beijing stores, based on a claim that Apple copied the design from Baili's 100C smartphone.

China.org reports that the intellectual property office ruled on 10th May that Apple replicates the design of Baili's 100C stating "The Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have minor differences from Baili's 100C. The differences are so tiny that the average customer could not notice." As such, Apple has been ordered to stop selling the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in all Beijing stores. Unsurprisingly, Apple has appealed the ruling to a higher court, which will allow it to continue selling the iPhone 6 line until that court makes its own ruling on the case.

According to a post on Tenna, a Chinese e-commerce site, Baili's 100C first went on sale in April 2014, while Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were first unveiled in September 2014, which Baili has noted in its argument against Apple.

Strangely enough, the Baili lawsuit doesn’t include the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus.

Source: TENNA & China.org