Chinese company could sue Apple over patents of their new iPhone design

The new iPhone isn't even here yet, and a Chinese company is ready to sue Apple over the new smartph.

@anthony256
Published Sun, Sep 9 2012 10:28 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:27 PM CST

The patent war between Apple, and what seems like every other company on Earth doesn't look to stop any time soon. A Chinese company, GooPhone, has already patented the design of the new iPhone, in China.

Chinese company could sue Apple over patents of their new iPhone design | TweakTown.com

The new GooPhone i5, yes that's its name, was patented and released before the new iPhone was even announced (and it hasn't even really been announced yet, not until September 12). This gives the Chinese company a legal advantage over the real iPhone maker.

GooPhone i5 runs Google's Android 4.1 OS, and of course its internal goodies would be far different to that of the new iPhone's. The GooPhone i5 sports a 4-inch screen, smaller dock connector, and relocated headphone jack - all rumored to be changes included with the unreleased iPhone.

GooPhone's patent claims won't hurt the Cupertino-based company outside of China, but it GooPhone are successful it would mean trouble for Apple in China. This could mean that Apple might cough up royalties to GooPhone if they want to sell their next-gen iPhone in China.

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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