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Apple wins iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus patent infringement Case in China

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New York, March 27, 2017: Apple has won a trial against a Chinese phone maker in Beijing as a court overturned a ruling against Apple Inc. over iPhone patents, a media report said on Monday.

The Beijing IP Court ruled that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus do not infringe on patents for exterior smartphone design held by a defunct local manufacturer, Shenzhen Baili Marketing Services Co, technology website marketwatch.com reported.

The disputes were over the exterior design of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, which Shenzhen Baili claimed were a copy of their 100C smartphones.

Initially, Apple was handed an injunction to stop selling its iPhone 6 line in Beijing for alleged infringement.

Apple and Beijing-based phone retailer Zoomflight quickly filed an administrative appeal with the Beijing Intellectual Property Bureau and Apple was permitted to sell the phones until further review by the court.

The Cupertino-based company on Saturday opened a new Apple Store in Nanjing city of China which has a 90-by-30-foot glass entryway.

For the first time, customers can explore The Forum X — a place where the local community can gather and learn — and The Boardroom — a space for local entrepreneurs, developers and business customers to get hands-on advice and training.

Earlier this month, Apple announced it would invest $508 million in China to build two additional Research and Development (R&D) centres in Shanghai and Suzhou to boost local talent.

Apple’s attempt to boost its presence in China began last September with the opening of its first R&D centre in Beijing’s Zhongguancun Science Park, often referred to as “China’s Silicon Valley”.

With this investment, Apple will have a total of four centres in China. (IANS)

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Apple could acquire the entertainment company, Netflix

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Apple could acquire the entertainment company, Netflix. IANS

San Francisco, Jan 1, 2018: Contrary to the reports of Apple launching a video subscription product in 2018 to counter Netflix, analysts from Citi have said that the iPhone maker could possibly buy the entertainment company by taking advantage of US President Donald Trump’s corporate tax cut.

According to Citi analysts, Jim Suva and Asiya Merchant, there is a 40 per cent likelihood that Apple will acquire Netflix. Under the new taxing rules, the tech giant will be able to repatriate about $220 billion in cash to the US.

“The firm has too much cash — nearly $250 billion — growing at $50 billion a year. This is a good problem to have,” Suva and Merchant were quoted as saying.

“Historically, Apple has avoided repatriating cash to the US to avoid high taxation. As such, tax reform may allow Apple to put this cash to use. With over 90 per cent of its cash sitting overseas, a one-time 10 per cent repatriation tax would give Apple $220 billion for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) or buybacks,” they added.

A report in business insider said that iTunes has been a huge hit for the company, but viewers have migrated increasingly to services like Netflix, Amazon or Hulu to watch their favourite shows leaving Apple struggling to offer a compelling TV or movie offering.

In September 2017, reports poured in that Apple might lease the Culver Studios in California as it plans to pour $1 billion into TV and movie productions.

The battle for best movie scripts and television projects intensified between tech giants in the Silicon Valley. Google-owned YouTube is already producing original television series and Amazon has won Oscars for “Manchester by the Sea” show.

The iPhone maker has already hired top Hollywood talent Sony duo Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg to lead its Hollywood push and is reportedly developing a new TV show that will star Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston. (IANS)

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