China is one of the most lucrative markets in the world and it’s no surprise that Apple pays extra attention to the People’s Republic. Working in the Chinese market can prove to be hard at times and Apple surely knows that. An intellectual property board has ruled that Apple must halt iPhone 6 sales in Beijing as the two devices infringe on design patents of Shenzhen Baili,
The ruling bans sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus only in Beijing, it does not apply to the entire country, but Apple isn’t going to go down without a fight. The company has said that it’s going to appeal this decision and that both models will continue to be sold until the court reviews the ruling.
Beijing’s intellectual property board has ruled that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus look too similar to the 100C smartphone by Shenzhen Baili which is why the company must stop selling them in the city. Analysts believe that the ruling is not likely to affect iPhone sales in China.
“iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone SE models are all available for sale today in China,” Apple said in a statement, adding that “We appealed an administrative order from a regional patent tribunal in Beijing last month and as a result the order has been stayed pending review by the Beijing IP Court.”