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Chinese company threaten to sue Apple over knockoff

Published by on Sep 5th, 2012, 1 Comment

Sometimes you can’t help snicker when you read a small titbit on the web. Almost everyone in the tech world is really getting tired of Apple suing anything that moves when it comes to mobile gadgets and we certainly want all of it to stop. But I find this hilarious.

Last week at IFA a Chinese company called GooPhone showed off a device based on the leaked images and rumours about the iPhone 5. And yes, they are really going to sell this device, in the picture above. But not just that, they are actually threatening Apple with lawsuits in China, with their device already patented there.

According to designers at GooPhone, which is based in Hong Kong, they see this as an opportunity to stop Apple from selling the iPhone 5 in China, because they released their device first. Their logic is that even though it is a blatant knockoff, if they release their device first, everything that comes thereafter is a copy. To them it makes no difference that the device is based on leaked parts of a device that hadn’t yet been released.

We have no idea whether a company can get away with this in China, as it’s all dependent on their patent laws, but if they do manage to pull it off, it would be a huge blow to Apple. China is obviously a huge market and everyone wants to tap the huge economic growth seen in China over the last decade.

Furthermore, Apple profits are slumping in that area, down from $7.9 billion in the first quarter of the year to $5.5 billion in the April-June period. Of course, many think that might be because people are holding out for the new iPhone. Just imagine the implications if the iPhone 5 was banned in China.

What do you think about this company’s strategy? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Cult of Mac

Comments

  • MacG

    Go Goophone… about time someone give Apple some of their own medicine!

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