Jun 26, 2016 11:51 AM EDT
Chinese Company That Sued Apple Over Patent Infringement Almost Non-Existent
Shenzhen Baili, which is the company that recently sued Apple over patent infringement of the iPhone 6, has been revealed to be an almost non-existent company.
The Chinese company eventually won the case over the California-based tech company, and resulted in a temporary halt of sales of the iPhone 6 in China, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Calls to the Chinese company went unanswered when journalists attempted to contact Baili. It has also been discovered that the three registered addresses of the company bore no offices at all.
Baili had its company websites deleted. Further attempts to contact the company has been in vain. Its parent company, Digione, is the closest thing of a contact.
The Chinese company sued Apple in December of 2014 for overwhelming similarities between the iPhone 6 and the relatively unknown 100C smartphone.
The Beijing court overseeing the suit handed the victory to the Chinese company that potentially halted sales of the iPhone 6 in the country, but it was not until Apple filed an appeal, which made the product remain in the market in China.
It has been discovered that Baili, along with its parent company Digione, had collapsed. It was reportedly due to poor-quality products, as well as mismanagement. Former employees and investors cites cut-throat competition ultimately ended the companies, AppleInsider reported.
Digione has been out of China's phone market for about a year, although the company's lawyer, Andy Yang, stated that the company would still pursue the court case against Apple.
Xu Guoxiang, a former marketing director at Huawei Technologies, had founded Digione in 2006. The company started as a retailer of mobile phones to small shops in relatively remote cities in China, according to CNET.
Apple has yet to comment on the issue. The iPhone 6, along with the iPhone 6 Plus would still be included in China's mobile phone market due to the court's siding with Apple's appeal.
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