Apple was hit with an order to stop selling its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones in Beijing after the Beijing Intellectual Property Office ruled that the tech giant infringed the patent of a local manufacturer of devices.
Forbes reports that the agency “ruled that the Cupertino, California-based Apple and its Chinese distributor Zhongfu Telecom infringed the patent of Shenzhen-based Baili, which is suing Apple for copying the exterior design of its 100C cellphone, according to a post on the bureau’s website in May.”
The ruling states: “Apple’s AAPL -2.20% iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have minor differences from Baili’s 100C. The differences are so tiny that the average customer could not notice. So, this case falls into the patent rights protection category.”
The ruling applies only to Beijing, and Apple is appealing the decision in the Beijing Intellectual Property Court. In the meantime, the company continues to sell the two models in other parts of China.