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In June 2016 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Beijing Court Rules that Apple's iPhone 6 Models Violate Chinese Design Patent and may be Banned." According to the report of the day, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus infringed on Shenzhen Baili's patent rights because of similarities to its 100C phone. Our report provided a side by side comparison as noted below to illustrate the absurdity of the claim. We followed up with another report later in June pointing out that the case against Apple was brought by an insolvent entity. Today, a report from China states that the original ruling has now been overturned.



The South China Morning Post reported today that the 'People's Court Daily' reported yesterday that "A Beijing court has overturned a ruling that Apple's iPhone 6 violated a Chinese manufacturer's patent which saw the US tech giant ordered to cease selling the smartphone in Beijing. The court 'quashes the decision of the bureau' and 'recognizes that Apple ... has not infringed the design patent filed by the company Shenzhen Baili.'"


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