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  • IPhone Clone Maker Files for Design Patent, Plans to Sue Apple



    While iPhone 5 mockups have already proliferated the Chinese counterfeit market, one the first working clones is actually attacking Apple with a patent suit.

    That’s right, a company who is producing an iPhone 5 clone running Android OS is suing Apple over the design of the yet to be released iPhone 5. The company apparently patented the rumored design and released their “GooPhone.”

    The report originated with Gizmodo China, and claims the company plans to sue Apple if their soon to be released iPhone 5 looks like their “GooPhone.” Their argument against Apple seems to be a simple “we did it first” claiming beating Apple to market means the patent is theirs.

    While this case appears patently ridiculous (sorry for that) to the layman, Chinese courts are notoriously pro China no matter how insane the case. There is a very real possibility that Apple will be forced to pay an incredibly large sum of money in order to prevent their latest phone from being banned in China. Apple needs the Chinese markets and can’t afford to spend weeks toiling over a suit with a patent troll.



    Source: CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: IPhone Clone Phone Maker Files for Design Patent, Plans to Sue Apple started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 69 Comments
    1. svolam's Avatar
      svolam -
      That is good news. Now people can start suing Apple for all the patents that they copy.
    1. Caspercronz's Avatar
      Caspercronz -
      So apple is gonna give the billions in nickles from samsung to the makers of the goophone ...easyyyyy trolololololol
    1. PlatoTheForms's Avatar
      PlatoTheForms -
      Phillip Swanson, saying things like "Their argument against Apple seems to be a simple “we did it first”" and calling that Chinese company a "patent troll" totally does not make you seem apple biased. It also makes you appear totally informed with what the Apple vs Samsung case was about. /s
      Seriously though, if this company goes all in, Apple will get a dose of their own medicine.
    1. Haseeb Jamal's Avatar
      Haseeb Jamal -
      Quote Originally Posted by spazturtle View Post
      Well thanks to apple the rest of the world thinks of the American courts as a joke, the American patent office is also widely regarded as a joke. There is a reason Apple won in the US and lost in most other countries, most coutries don't let you patent rectangles.
      +1
    1. spice_weasel's Avatar
      spice_weasel -
      Quote Originally Posted by bisayakid07 View Post
      Do this people really know what PATENT means?
      No, but they don't let that slow them down.
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Wonder where this will go now....
    1. rockyseay's Avatar
      rockyseay -
      Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
      Wonder where this will go now....
      Yea I can see a lawsuit coming soon lol
    1. ashleybrown's Avatar
      ashleybrown -
      Apple will surely find a way to reverse the case, hmmm this news is kinda interesting will follow this up to know how will it go.
    1. ruth_holloway's Avatar
      ruth_holloway -
      bad news for apple