A Chinese court has overturned a ruling against Apple over iPhone patents, marking an important victory for the US-based tech giant in one of its key markets.
The Beijing IP Court ruled on Friday that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus don’t infringe on patents for exterior smartphone design held by a defunct Chinese manufacturer, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The court found that Shenzhen Baili Marketing Services Co. had no grounds to claim the exterior designs were exclusive, and that it was easy for consumers to detect the differences, the paper said.
Baili plans to lodge an appeal, according to the report.
“We think some of the facts ascertained by the Beijing IP court are not accurate, so Baili is definitely going to continue to safeguard its legitimate rights,” a lawyer for Baili was quoted as saying.
In May last year, the Beijing Intellectual Property Office granted Baili a sales injunction in the capital city against the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
The injunction was immediately suspended pending an appeal from Apple.
The IP Court’s latest decision came shortly after Apple CEO Tim Cook visited China, speaking to top officials and pledging further investment in the country, the Journal noted.
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