First off, I have to start by admitting that I am somewhat biased against Apple. It has nothing to do with their products per se, nor does it have to do with the price range of most of their devices. My problem is with the way the company treats its customers and with the way they always act like they’re entitled to everything.
That, plus the recent scandals during which the company made any mobile device older than iPhone 6 unable to connect to the internet and bricked the phones of anyone who didn’t want to pay upwards of $ 150 to change a button on their phones made me lose even more of my positive views of the company. Still, my bias has nothing to do with the following story.
iPhone vs. IPHONE
The indisputable tech titan just lost one of the most embarrassing lawsuits they could have lost. According to reports and news sites all over the world, iPhone no longer belongs to just Apple in China. Instead, a Chinese company now has the right to make passport holders, handbags, and other leather products and to brand them IPHONE.
The lawsuit started in 2012, as the international tech company filed a lawsuit to order the Chinese company Xintong Tiandi to stop making IPHONE products. It turns out that even though the Chinese company filed the patent in 2007, five years after Apple filed their own, Apple could not prove that the iPhone was a renowned trademark in the country before then.
So, starting with the conclusion of the lawsuit, the Chinese company Xintong Tiandi can make as many leather products as they want, and all of them will be labeled IPHONE. Yeah, the court didn’t really care about the distinction in capitalization, so the company can stylize it however they want.
This isn’t the first time Apple has lost a lawsuit in China. In fact, back in 2012, Apple was ordered to pay a Shenzhen tech company $60 million in order to settle a dispute over the iPad name. Take that and combine it with the recent iPhone lawsuit, and we’ve got ourselves some troubled times for the company.
Apple stockholders have been selling their stocks because they are afraid of the Chinese dictatorship, and the company has been bleeding profits and shares for about a year and a half now. Things aren’t looking very good for the company, especially if they keep punishing their user base, and many already believe the company’s future in China at least to be somewhat shaky.
In the meanwhile, you can get all the IPHONE leather products you want by just following the link in the image source description.
Image source: IPHONE Luxury Leather