China's knockoff phonemaker to patent design of rumored iPhone 5

Summary:GooPhone i5 makers, a Chinese knockoff phone manufacturer, says it has applied to patent the aircraft design in the rumored iPhone 5 in a bid to block Apple’s yet-to-be launched new iPhone from entering the China market.

If Apple's iPhone 5 proves to have the same look of GooPhone i5, efforts will be made to prevent the iPhone 5 from being sold in China's domestic market, said the knockoff mobile phone maker, GooPhone, in a video before the official launched of iPhone 5.

According to a 163.com report this week, Chinese laws protect design patents on the first-come-first-served basis. GooPhone's manufacturer will file lawsuits against Apple if the iPhone 5, anticipated to be launched next week on Sep. 12, proves to be the same as those leaked on the Internet .

In July, Apple paid China-based Proview Technology US$60 million to resolve the iPad trademark case in the territory.

GooPhone i5 is now only advertised on its official Web site. The knockoff mobile phone manufacturer also sells other models which look identical with Apple's iPhone 4S as well Samsung's Galaxy S3, according to its online sales page.

Chinese popstar Jimmy Lin last week also leaked suspected iPhone 5 on his Weibo , posting a collection of pictures of him playing with the new device. GooPhone i5 is identical to the rumored iPhone 5 design shown on Lin's Weibo.

Apple is due to launch the next-generation of iPhone at an event on Sep. 12, but several knockoff cellphone makers in China have produced various kinds of so-called new iPhone long ahead of this supposed official launch.  

 

Topics: iPhone, Apple, China, iPad, Legal

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Cyrus Lee, writing under a pen name, is a Hong Kong-based reporter in an English-language newspaper and a correspondent for a radio station.

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