Apple Ordered to Stop Selling iPhones in China

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A court in Beijing has ordered Apple to stop selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the Chinese capital. The court ruled that the phones’ exterior design is too close to that of a Chinese brand and infringe on the Chinese company’s design patent.

The action against Apple was brought by Shenzhen Baili in defense of its 100C phone. The ruling was announced by the Beijing Intellectual Property Office. Apple can appeal the decision.

It is not clear that the ruling will have a major financial impact on Apple as the company has already scaled back sales of these older models and replace them with newer phones in most outlets. But it is a further symbolic blow for the company in China.

In April, Chinese regulators shut down the iTunes Movies and iBooks services in the country. Sales of Apple phones in China slipped in the first quarter and were a significant contributor to Apple’s financial reverse, also revealed in April.

Apple, which actually makes many of its phones in China, has frequently been buffeted in the Middle Kingdom. Chinese state media have accused the company of poor customer service and warranties. In 2012 it paid out in a settlement over the use of the name iPad. And more recently it lost the right to exclusive use of the name iPhone. Several years ago Chinese companies opened a number of fake Apple stores.

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  1. J. Schmoe says:

    This headline is incorrect. The court’s order was, as usual, stayed because of the appeal Apple has already filed. iPhones are still for sale throughout China. And if this plays out like it usually does, after some money changes hands, the case will be settled. Please check better sources before you print this stuff.

  2. James Heckel says:

    Apple is reaping what they’ve sown. Ain’t the global economy grand?

  3. Norton says:

    When has China worried about Copy right laws? The rip off companies everyday.

  4. patrik says:

    Chinese capital to Chinese capital – financial world !R!

  5. But their kids made them!!!

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  6. Bob says:

    If Chinese Companies have been opening fake Apple stores, selling knock-offs and banning the sale of Apple phones in their country (all of this) merely to damage our economy deliberately – why aren’t we suing China?

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  7. Lovebug says:

    Who copied who. Seems like China is always making rip offs of products. That was my first thought. China, knock off capital of the world?

  8. Quagmire says:

    Apple’s slide is happening much quicker than anticipated. The Apple Watch was a complete disaster.

    • See me - Feel me says:

      Don’t know what disaster means to you but reaching 1 million in sales in two months and now at well over 3 to 4 million units sold, it’s been claimed as the most successful “new product category” launch ever. That’s a slide I’d like to take a ride on. It seems to go to the stars.

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