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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.

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    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. runey71's Avatar
      runey71 -
      LOL That's priceless
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      This is stupid
    1. goodgod2's Avatar
      goodgod2 -
      Well they did have their device out in the market first.... LOL
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      hahaha priceless
      Apple's secrecy means they can not patent a design before phone comes out + Apple's lawsuit against Samsung based on looks of the product and won inspired this lawsuit.
      All I can say now is karma's a b****.
    1. trek-life's Avatar
      trek-life -
      I'm going to say this before it starts. If you are somehow happy about this, and feel like this is "justice." Then you're life is pitiful and you are likely using your dislike for Apple (or any other company unreasonably) as a cover up for how your life never turned out the way you wanted it to.
    1. Dark_Ninja's Avatar
      Dark_Ninja -
      Lol I agree. So funny. Karma can be a down right horrid b*tch!
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      What the hell is wrong with China? Pro China, seriously? We don't give them **** in our courts, why the hell don't they return the favor?
    1. Micturition's Avatar
      Micturition -
      Quote Originally Posted by trek-life View Post
      I'm going to say this before it starts. If you are somehow happy about this, and feel like this is "justice." Then you're life is pitiful and you are likely using your dislike for Apple (or any other company unreasonably) as a cover up for how your life never turned out the way you wanted it to.
      Your name is Trek-Life. STFU This is funny
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      BTW Apple will win this case.
      Based on the fact that Foxconn is a company in China, they will throw their weight around. So will all the companies that makes parts for iDevices, they will join in this fight if it gets that far.
      Also the fact that all the previous released pictures of these parts showed that Apple came out with it first, it is documented by the date of the pictures. Basically all those "spy pictures" will save Apple from this lawsuit.
    1. revblaze's Avatar
      revblaze -
      If Apple does end up getting sued, the whole world if going to look at the Chinese courts as a joke. No one in their right mind would believe this.

      Besides, after looking at the chinese design, I'm pretty sure Apple could sue them. The buttons, camera placement, even the whole friggen outer body of this "GooPhone" is almost a replica of the iPhone 4 model. Only differences I see is the extended body of the device and the android icon on the back. I'm almost positive that Apple's lawyers could wipe these guys off the face of the earth.
    1. bbrradd's Avatar
      bbrradd -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      hahaha priceless
      Apple's secrecy means they can not patent a design before phone comes out + Apple's lawsuit against Samsung based on looks of the product and won inspired this lawsuit.
      All I can say now is karma's a b****.

      How is karma a b**** in this situation ? Samsung was found to have blatantly copied parts of Apples intellectual process. Apple was award well over 1 billion in damages, and can potentially block Samsung products from entering the market. Samsung was at fault and Apple defended itself.

      If you made an invention and someone copied it, you would sue right ?

      Also learn something about patents and patent laws before commenting. This type of behavior would never work in an American court, and will not work in the Chinese court either
    1. Just Dummy's Avatar
      Just Dummy -
      I hope they lose it's time they ate some crow instead of bullying everyone.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Ell then isn't apple gonna sue them for their goopphone looking like an iPhone 4s?
    1. istorm's Avatar
      istorm -
      But Apple did patented their iphone 4 and 4S design. This design also looks like iPhone 4 and 4S design. So Apple can use the iphone 4 and 4S patents to counter sue this goophone design. No matter how this chinese company flip it, it wont be good for them.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by revblaze View Post
      If Apple does end up getting sued, the whole world if going to look at the Chinese courts as a joke. No one in their right mind would believe this.

      Besides, after looking at the chinese design, I'm pretty sure Apple could sue them. The buttons, camera placement, even the whole friggen outer body of this "GooPhone" is almost a replica of the iPhone 4 model. Only differences I see is the extended body of the device and the android icon on the back. I'm almost positive that Apple's lawyers could wipe these guys off the face of the earth.
      Yes sir. Shut and close case
    1. punjabi212's Avatar
      punjabi212 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Micturition View Post
      Your name is Trek-Life. STFU This is funny
      +1
    1. Airwaves182's Avatar
      Airwaves182 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Micturition View Post
      Your name is Trek-Life. STFU This is funny
      +2 haha
    1. JHH09's Avatar
      JHH09 -
      Its got round corners! Sue them apple sue sue sue
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      Quote Originally Posted by revblaze View Post
      If Apple does end up getting sued, the whole world if going to look at the Chinese courts as a joke. No one in their right mind would believe this.

      Besides, after looking at the chinese design, I'm pretty sure Apple could sue them. The buttons, camera placement, even the whole friggen outer body of this "GooPhone" is almost a replica of the iPhone 4 model. Only differences I see is the extended body of the device and the android icon on the back. I'm almost positive that Apple's lawyers could wipe these guys off the face of the earth.
      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. JHH09's Avatar
      JHH09 -
      lol i like how there comparing it to an iphone 4/4s in the video
      apple could easily say they ripped off the 4/4s patents and just put a bigger screen on it