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Chinese manufacturer allegedly patents new iPhone design

A Chinese manufacturer has already copied — and may have patented — the new iPhone design, according to a recent report. The Goophone I5, an Android-based smartphone released in late August, closely matches leaked images of the new iPhone, and Gizchina reports that GooPhone claims to have patented the design in China ahead of the next-generation iPhone’s launch.


Gizchina speculates that Goophone’s alleged patent could prevent Apple from selling the new iPhone in China, and it may even mean that Goophone could block new iPhone exports. As hard to believe as this may be, Apple has previously faced legal challenges due to manipulation of the Chinese legal system, most notably settling a lawsuit with a company that negotiated in bad faith over the “iPad” trademark. [via Wired]

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This is precisely why Apple attempts to keep their devices under wraps until an official release. Companies hoping to 1) make a quick buck by suing Apple, or 2) draw customers to their “Apple-like” device an take all of the early leaks and throw together a product simply to beat Apple to market. I am fairly certain Apple already has their iPhone 5 patents in line, so this will likely amount to nothing (or an Apple suit filed 1 minute after the September 12th iPhone release). But unless Apple can better protect their products, or change tactics and patent/announce new devices earlier, this type of guerilla marketing will only become more prevalent.

Posted by Mitch on September 6, 2012 at 9:06 AM (CDT)


He could be in a lot of problems, the “goophone” is a carbon copy of the iPhone , so I really don’t see where this is going.

Posted by Vlad on September 6, 2012 at 10:54 PM (CDT)

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