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Apple ordered to suspend iPhone 6 sales in Beijing

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    Customers looked at Apple iPhone 6S models on display at an Apple Store in Beijing on June 18. A Chinese regulator ordered Apple Inc. to stop selling two versions of its iPhone 6 in the city of Beijing after finding it looks too much like a competitor, but Apple says sales are going ahead while it appeals.

BEIJING » A Chinese regulator has ordered Apple Inc. to stop selling two versions of its iPhone 6 in Beijing after finding they look too much like a competitor, but Apple says sales are going ahead while it appeals.

The ruling by an intellectual property tribunal is the latest legal stumbling block for Apple in its second-biggest global market following the suspension of its iTunes movie service in April. The company also faces rising competition from local brands including Huawei and Xiaomi, which have gained market share.

The order by the Beijing tribunal said the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus looked too much like the 100C model made by Shenzhen Beili, a small Chinese brand. The order was issued in May but reported this week by the Chinese press.

Apple said a Beijing court stayed the administrative order on appeal and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus still were on sale.

Apple suspended its iBooks and iTunes Movies services in April, which news reports said was due to an order by Chinese regulators. The company said it hoped to resume service soon.

In May, Apple suffered another setback when a court ruled that a Chinese company is allowed to use the iPhone trademark on bags, wallets and other leather goods. Apple said it would appeal.

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    • Not gonna happen.
      Apple wants the Chinese market, which is much larger than any other country’s. They don’t want to do anything that adversely affects customer’s view on their products.

      • I already know what to think of Apple. A greedy, ethically challenged, money grubbers willing to get on their knees before a corrupt and unethical country.

        • The thing is the Chinese are taking Apple for gutless fools who won’t fight back. The Chinese are having a good laugh as they see the biggest US company skirm before them, while winking among themselves. Even they can’t believe they’re getting away with the ludicrous claim of intellectual protection, all the while they copy, steal, and confiscate every other nation’s intellectual property and physical designs. In this instance, I agree with Trump’s position of slapping high tariffs on all Chinese goods coming into US. US needs to find a way of choking the Chinese economically but of course won’t happen because companies like Apple are too afraid of “losing the market”.

  • Why does Apple or any American company deal with the PRC? Intellectually and ethically bankrupt, the PRC copies everything it can with back engineering, then has the nerve to call it its own. Bring all the jobs back to America, then innovate the manufacturing process to make it more competitive and leave the PRC to hang itself. If Apple still insists on outsourcing its manufacturing, at least use countries that are friendly to America like India or Taiwan for instance.

    • Because most American companies are led by intellectually and ethically bankrupt individuals who don’t give a c….p about anything else except maximizing their personal wealth. Didn’t you read about contracted Apple parts and assembly factories ( in Taiwan, I think) that was a model of worker abuse where dangerous and near inhumane conditions led to deaths of hundreds and resulted in some of the highest suicide rates anywhere? How about lumber and wood products knowingly being brought into US that was full of poison? How about dog’s treats laced with poison? How about chemical factories relocated to China (and other places) to avoid environmental regulations so the factories can spew deadly chemical byproducts into the ground, waters, and the air (remember the chemical explosion in India that killed thousands by a US corporation?). Nahhh…..

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