Dubai – Apple won a case in China for its design patent for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
A Beijing court has overturned a prior ruling that Apple infringed on a Chinese company’s patents in its design for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
The plaintiff, Shenzhen Baili Marketing Services, filed its initial complaint last June, claiming that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus infringed on the design of Baili’s 100C model.
The Beijing Intellectual Property Office initially granted Baili an injunction that would have stopped sales of the iPhone 6 in China, but Apple immediately appealed.
Now a Beijing intellectual property court has decided the appeal in Apple’s favour. It is found that Baili had no grounds for its claim, and its phone could be easily distinguished from the iPhone designs.
The decision follows previous reports that Baili itself “barely exists,” having flamed out in China’s smartphone wars.
Baili no longer manufactures phones, and with the loss of its case against Apple, its remaining intellectual property has likely lost much of its value.