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iPhone 6 accused of copying unknown Chinese smartphone

by Todd Haselton | June 16, 2016June 16, 2016 12:00 pm PDT


Another day another lawsuit for Apple. This time the company is under fire from an unknown Chinese smartphone maker that’s accusing Apple of ripping off its design for the iPhone 6. Sort of like a patent troll, but at least one with a device on sale.

According to Engadget (citing the Beijing Morning Post) a company named Baili believes that Apple used the design of its 100C smartphone to create the iPhone 6, essentially ripping off its product.

The hilarious part here is that it’s usually Apple who’s the one chasing down Android smartphone makers for copying its products, not the other way around, with its lawsuit against Samsung being the most prominent courtroom soiree.

According to Engadget, the tiny firm actually managed to convince the Beijing Intellectual Property office that Apple did indeed copy its smartphone. As a result, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were “ordered” off store shelves through an injunction. But, not to be bullied by a tiny smartphone maker, Apple filed an appeal. That means smartphones are still on store shelves and will probably remain there.

I don’t even understand how someone could look at the phone pictured at the top of this post and think it’s an iPhone, but apparently someone in a lower court was convinced. Might I recommend a visit to the nearest LensCrafters? Apple declined to comment.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...