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Meizu Sued Apple, Chinese Patent Bureau Over “Invalid” iPhone Design Patents in China

Apple’s long-going brawl with iPhone copycat, Meizu has taken an interesting turn, with a Shanghai-based company suing the Patent Bureau and Apple, claiming Apple’s design patents are “invalid.” According to MeizuMe:

Apple filed a patent covering three products. When the Patent Bureau saw that Apple didn’t specify what product the patent was for, they helped Apple register the patent for their mobile phone. However, a Shanghai company took the Patent Bureau to the courts about this. Apparently, acting for someone else like the Patent Bureau did is against Chinese law.

Apple attempted to patent the iPhone’s design; rectangular shape with rounded edges, vertical display, and round button below the display. The Shanghai company, Luoen Network Information, claims that Apple’s design patent is too broad, and would hurt other companies. Also, the company claims that other manufacturers (LG and Dopod/HTC) already released devices as described before Apple’s iPhone.

According to Chinese law, it’s only possible to apply for product-specific patents. If one applies for a patent covering different types of products, the patent will be invalid.

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