Chinese Knockoff Maker With A Sense Of Humor Files Design Patent On Leaked iPhone 5 Design
from the joke's-on-you dept
crashsuit alerts us to the bizarre story that a Chinese phone knockoff maker, who took some supposed “leaked” photos of the still unannounced iPhone 5 and not only produced a knockoff device called the Goophone I5 (running Android, naturally), but also is claiming to already have a Chinese patent on the design.
That said, the details of this “Chinese patent” are a bit sketchy. Was it just applied for? Or granted? No one seems to be saying. It could just be a joke. That said, we’ve been noting for quite some time that while the US has been pushing China to respect patents a lot more (due to lobbying pressure from US companies), China has been mocking them all by suddenly “enforcing” patents much more stringently… but almost always against foreign companies and to benefit Chinese competitors. So, it’s not completely crazy to suggest that a Chinese company might be able to secure such a patent and use it to stop Apple, though it would take a fair amount of chutzpah (or whatever the Chinese equivalent is) to make such a claim.