At a time when the Chinese government is waging war against U.S. based technology companies such as Apple, Amazon and Facebook, a trademark infringement case filed against Apple in China has taken a very bizarre turn.
In 2014, a company named Shenzhen Baili Marketing Services filed a lawsuit against Apple for possible patent and trademark infringement issues related to the iPhone 6 and 6S. Baili is a subsidiary of Digione, a Chinese smart phone manufacturer. Its primary claim has been based on the iPhone’s alleged resemblance to company’s 100C phone. As a remedy, Baili has been requesting that Beijing’s intellectual property regulator ban the iPhone 6 and 6S from sale in China.
When it became apparent that Beijing was prepared to rule in favor of Baili, the courts were forced to postpone the decision pending an appeal filed by Apple.
As a follow up to the story, reporters from the Wall Street Journal started looking for interviews with officials at both Digione and Shenzhen Baili Marketing Services. What they discovered was startling. First, both companies appear to be broke as recent financial statements indicate that both companies are carrying debt that far exceeds its assets.
As the reporters started digging a little deeper, they began having difficulty finding anyone with whom they could speak. The problem had nothing to do with anyone’s refusal to take a phone call or make a statement. Instead, the problem was no one was answering the phone numbers listed as contact information.
When CNET went looking for a website, they couldn’t find anything on the web for Baili. The Wall Street Journal then sent reporters to the three addresses that were legally registered to either of the two companies, only to find out there were no offices in any of the three locations.
The Wall Street Journal was able to interview several former employees and investors who were able to confirm that Digione had indeed collapsed due in large part to what was termed as “mismanagement and fierce competition.”
Shortly thereafter, The Journal was finally able to secure an interview with one of Digione’s attorney’s, one Andy Yang. Yang informed them that the lawsuit was proceeding on course with the possibility of other iPhone 6 models being added to the lawsuit.
Source The Wall Street Journal : http://www.wsj.com/articles/chinese-company-behind-patent-suit-against-apple-barely-exists-1466597346