22 June 2016
Beijing
Reporter: Tammy Facey

Apple gains stay of design infringement ruling


Apple can continue to sell its latest range of iPhone models in China after an appeals court granted a stay of an infringement ruling that would have forced it to withdraw its products.

The Beijing Intellectual Property Court granted the stay as it reviews an administrative order from a regional patent tribunal in Beijing.

The regional tribunal found that Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as other smartphones, infringe Shenzhen Baili Marketing Service’s 100C design patent.

Little is known about Shenzhen Baili or its smartphones. According to reports, they were released in April 2014, while Apple’s iPhone 6 range came out later that year.

Under the conditions of the stay, Apple can continue to sell its allegedly infringing products in China until the appeal, which it launched last month, is heard.

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