Apple Pressures Meizu to Drop iPhone Knockoff

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Meizu, known for its iPhone look-alike mobile phones, has decided to stop selling its M8 phone following pressure from Apple and China’s Intellectual Property Office. Apple pushed to get the M8 off the market because it looks too similar to the iPhone 4, according to Meizu Me.

the Intellectual Property Office also threatened to shut down Meizu’s production facilities, adding more incentive for the company to halt M8 production.

Meizu’s M8 iPhone look-alike

Meizu CEO Jack Wong is claiming that Apple is now pressuring him to stop selling the remaining M8 inventory, which wasn’t a condition of the original deal. Halting sales, he claims, would drive his franchise store owners out of business.

The M8 looks much like the iPhone 4, complete with a Home screen button and iPhone-like app icons. Under the hood, however, it runs a version of Microsoft’s Windows for mobile devices.

Mr. Wong is ready to fight Apple in court if necessary, but won’t likely push too hard since the Intellectual Property Office has the authority to close down his factories without a court order.

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Comments

FlipFriddle

Wah. Then come up with an original idea.
Since the Chinese govt doesn’t really care about IP, I wonder what Apple had to do to get them to in this case?

Lee Dronick

I wonder what Apple had to do to get them to in this case?

A percentage of CDMA iPhone sales? smile

Tiger

Meanwhile, Microsoft and AT&T unleash 3 new Windows Mobile phones and MSFT stock jumps SIX CENTS. Wow!

mhikl

If you want to play in the sandbox you have to learn to play by the rules. The Chinese aren’t stupid and though, like any practical business man who will twist the rules to get an advantage, the Chinese know when to stop kicking sand in the face of those they rely upon to help build their castles. However, when they become as big as the US and are in charge of the rules, then they can do as they please. History tells us so.

aneexiaoa@gmail.com

“The M8 looks much like the iPhone 4?”
I don’t think the Meizu copy the iphone, i used to own a Meizu MP3, and the Tone quality is Stereoscopic and clear. i love it very much , now, i am also use a iphone,  this phone is very wonderful,i think it is a nice video player combining my Aneesoft iphone video covnerter. I believe both of them, as for property issue, it is very hard to say who clone who.Anyway, fair competition is the most important.

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