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Chinese phone maker Digione claims Apple’s iPhone 6 infringes on a patent for its own smartphone under the 100+ brand, and plans to take Apple to court if things aren’t resolved. In a letter sent to Apple in September, Digione says it wants to communicate further with Apple to prevent “potential legal risks for the sake of further understanding and communication.”

The smartphone from Digione is aimed at the low-end market, with a 5.5-inch screen, an 8-core processor from MediaTek, along with a modified version of Android from Baidu. It’s priced at 799 yuan, compared to the iPhone 6 at 5288 yuan. The marketing page for Digione’s smartphone looks hilariously like Apple’s website.

As MacWorld first noted, Digione says the September letter to Apple hasn’t resolved things, and the company wanted a “chance to tell the truth,” according to its post on Chinese social-networking site Sina Weibo. A subsidiary of Digione was granted the patent in question in July, after it applied for the patent in January, according to China’s State Intellectual Property Office.

This isn’t the first time Apple has seen legal trouble in China. In an infamous court case, Chinese company Proview claimed it first had ownership of the iPad name, and it was eventually ruled Apple pay $60 million for the ownership of the trademark in China.

  • john diaz

    We know!

  • Jonathan

    …and so it begins.

  • Cody

    Of course the iPhone 6 is a total ripoff. Everything Apple is a Ripoff.

    • Kyle Mayer

      So why are you reading a blog based mainly on apple?

      • How the f*ck does criticising a company automatically equate to “not interested in this company at all”?

      • Cameron

        funny how the same people hate together, and support each other. Especially how stupid Cody’s comment is, MrElectrifyer had to come in to defend it.

      • @dongiuj

        Oh grow up Cameron. Sit on the fence once in a while, then and ONLY THEN you will understand people in general. If people like you could actually back up your arguments/reply sensibly to questions and actually answer questions directly instead of diverting the topic then there probably wouldn’t be any “hate” toward fangirls such as yourself. Notice how I said “fangirls” and NOT “apple”. Get it yet?

      • Cameron

        oh heres hater no.3, to defend the comment of “Of course the iPhone 6 is a total ripoff. Everything Apple is a Ripoff.” Im not sure how you can complain about ‘fangirls’ like me when there are haters like you, and Cody, who just posted a neither objective nor constructive criticism.

      • @dongiuj

        I didn’t even mention anything about defending the original comment. Sort it out Cameron. You’re talking about haters and I’m saying that if you can’t sit on the fence and stop being bias then everyone is a “hater” according to you. You along with Kyle Mayer need to accept people’s differences. If you can’t accept criticism then you need to leave the comments section where criticism is more than welcome on ANY blog that ISN’T yours.
        Now, you’ll have to forgive me because I’m not going to be dragged into a pointless heated debate with you about so called “haters” which are people that have either been reading this blog for years or that have said both positive AND negative things about many tech companies, FACT.

      • Cameron

        maybe you should look at your comment history on disqus. And Cody’s while you’re at it.

      • @dongiuj

        Maybe you should.

      • Cameron

        As much as i can i do accept the haters comments, especially when its somewhat constructive and factual. I have left plenty of yours and MrElectrifyers comments, i read almost everything. But stupid comments like this, and pure hate comments you guys post, i know you find it hard to stop yourselves, me too.

      • @dongiuj

        Whatever Cameron, whatever. I wonder who the REAL “hater” is here.

      • Матт Реякіпѕ

        Simple you are since you’re completely clueless and decided to start crap with Cameron. That’s a true hater.

      • @dongiuj

        Read SLOWLY from the beginning again and see who started the crap.

      • Cameron

        cody started, Electrifyer responded, i responded to Electrifyer, then you did to me. You started the crap with me.

      • @dongiuj

        What goes around, comes around. So you got it.

      • Cameron

        and it didnt work that way when i replied to Electrifyer? Hypocrite much?

      • @dongiuj

        What?

      • Cameron

        your defence to starting the crap, “What goes around, comes around.” In which i mentioned the fact that i replied to Electrifyer too.

      • David Vall-Lloveras

        People who buy Apple and especially those who wait in line for the release of a new product are gullible followers who need to belong to something they perceive as cool… This is pretty much how religious and fanatical cults behave.

      • Матт Реякіпѕ

        Only person slow is the one who has nothing intelligent to respond with. Since you’re the only one who can’t provide anything intelligent to say, shows who’s the real hater. Do research before commenting next time.

      • @dongiuj

        And you have intelligent things to say, right.

      • Матт Реякіпѕ

        Since I’m the only one providing facts between us and you aren’t providing any information at all it’s obvious I’m smarter than you are.

      • @dongiuj

        Facts from google search? Very intelligent. My 6 yr old daughter could find that info.

      • Матт Реякіпѕ

        Well considering I’ve had smartphones since 2002 and I had a Motorola Cliq before an iPhone, and I can provide more info than you can, I think says it all. Don’t you? I know how to root an Android phone, do you?

      • @dongiuj

        No you don’t. You’re an android user. You’ve never owned an apple device. You never had smartphones since 2002. See? I know everything about you too!

      • Матт Реякіпѕ

        Well I don’t care if you believe me or not. Fact is you still can’t provide any information of your own. You just attack people because you’re not smart enough to come up with anything intelligent to say.

      • @dongiuj

        No, I don’t believe you. You’re a lier. Fact is, you can’t provide any information of your own. You just copy it from notes you have written down on a notepad next to your keyboard. That’s it. You’re not intelligent. Like I said, my 6 yr old daughter can do that.
        See? I can make assumptions/presumptions just like you. It’s not big and it’s not clever.

      • Cameron

        Oh look, dongiugj doesnt use google search to get facts. We all lose automatically.

      • Cameron

        i dont understand what you mean by that dongihijs

      • @dongiuj

        No, you wouldn’t, would you. That’s the kind of reply I thought you would make.

      • Cameron

        Really? how smart, i really do not understand this “I wonder who the REAL “hater” is here.”

      • @dongiuj

        You just hate anyone non pro-apple. “I wonder who the REAL “hater” is here.”

      • Cameron

        oh ok, so just like how he same people only post hater comments here and then go about upvoting and defending each other?

      • Матт Реякіпѕ

        Maybe you should do research before you comment? sounds to me like a kid with a cheap Android phone looking to attack Apple because his mommy can’t afford to buy him an iPhone. Here’s the reality. Android would be like BlackBerry without Google ripping off the touch screen from the iPhone. So I guess Google and Samsung are the original immitators. Since Samsung has lost countless lawsuits against Apple for patent infringement including design. And an example of copying is looking at the original Galaxy Tab. Samsung made it look so similar to the original iPad that in court Samsung couldn’t even tell the difference when the judge held both up side by side.

      • @dongiuj

        Bring on the assumptions and presumptions about me. That’s all you’re good for.

      • Матт Реякіпѕ

        Is that all you got? Nothing intelligent to respond with? Typical Android user. Here’s another fact. Android makes up 97% of mobile malware. And 90% of all Android users own the cheapest phone they can get. Average price of an unlocked Android phone $250 or free with contract. Android is the poor man’s iPhone.

      • @dongiuj

        Yes, I have an android device and I have an iphone3G, 4 and 5 and an iPad. Point?

      • Матт Реякіпѕ

        It’s obvious you’ve never owned an iPhone. That’s typical of Android user with a cheap phone to lie and tell people they’ve had an iPhone before.

      • @dongiuj

        Conversation with you now finished. You know nothing about me and continue with only assumptions/presumptions about me. Pointless even trying to talk to you. Bye

      • Матт Реякіпѕ

        Yup run away little boy who never had anything intelligent to say. That’s also typical of an Android user to run away when in over their head. BTW I’ve had smartphones since 2002 and I had an Android phone before an iPhone. That’s how I know you never owned an iPhone. People who have owned both have more to respond with than you did.

      • z1n

        Haters be hating. Seriously you guys, all top companies copy each other. It’s the nature of progression. Why re-invent the wheel when you can add to a previous design and call it your own. Apple have never innovated anything. They are a company that refines things and like any good business builds on top of what is successful. Competition is good for progression so let these companies copy each others ideas until they are blue in the face! I just want a better product at the end of the day. The Apple experience is generally a better user experience (customer satisfaction index must mean something?)
        TL;DR: Copy as much as you want (Apple, Google, whoever), just try copy it better.

      • @dongiuj

        I agree 100%

      • Dan

        I don’t really agree with all the overgeneralization, and not pointing fingers in this thread… but the ‘android is the poor man’s iPhone’ is simply not true. I had a 5S before, and now bought an android phone that cost the same price as an iPhone 6. Some of us prefer to choose what we want.

        And what’s with bashing android users? You do realize that android allows you to dig deep into the phone’s functions, often times it’s more complicated than an iPhone… so you say android users are less intelligent why?

        To each his own.

      • xSeriouSx

        How is his cooment stupid? Show me 1 apple device that isn’t a ripoff in terms of price…

      • Cody

        I am interested in Apple, not because I critize and speak the truth it doesn’t mean that I am not interested in Apple. Did you forget about the retina MacBook pro? When it was just released. $1,699 damn dollars for the 13″ model, entry level. Complete ripoff, and Apple knew it. They lowered the price months later almost a year later to $1,299 and still, way too overpriced. Do you want a loaded retina display MacBook pro 13″? Get ready to pay $1,799 and those will be decent specs, not even with a dedicated graphics card.

      • z1n

        This is the one thing I don’t like about the 13″ year after year they have left it without a dedicated GPU. Cool the Intel onboard is pretty powerful but it doesn’t quite cut it on that high DPI display. It’s been this way for the last five or six years though. I got the 15″ retina and it’s a damn beautiful machine. Outperforms my friends Dell with same specs that’s twice as thick (except when it’s really really hot, the thin-ness struggles to dissipate the heat). Some of their stuff isn’t priced right or specced right, but my word they do have some amazing products too. As far as UX goes they are the best (IMO at the moment) and their levels of integration are fantastic (but not all the time, no one is perfect).

        On that note Microsoft really need to step up their game as a software company. They get business products (although Office needs some work, SQL and Windows server is good) but they really struggle with consumer products (Metro bad 🙁 winphone needs love to complement the wonderful Nokia hardware, REALLY!).

      • coLin

        I agree with @disqus_Z07hVGebnG:disqus . Plus, if you praise Apple all the time, they won’t improve anything anymore. If we, the customers, pay for a premium device, it better be worth

      • @dongiuj

        Spoken!

      • @dongiuj

        Because he’s interested in tech that includes a variety of tech companies, one namely apple. Sheesh, sort it out lover boy.

      • Cameron

        “Of course the iPhone 6 is a total ripoff. Everything Apple is a Ripoff.” this sounds more like a comment a group of high schoolers would toss around than someone who is ‘interested in tech’.

      • @dongiuj

        Ok Cameron. If you say so.

    • A’s Network

      With your logic, the Apple logo is a ripoff… of an apple fruit

      • AppleFanboy

        Please. The fruit is using our logo illegally!

      • Cody

        Nope, for my logic they are selling me an Apple and a name of a brand, not a product. iPhone is not the best gadget anymore, I can buy a MacBook Pro for the price of an iPhone 6 Plus off contract. Over priced technology all the way

    • benjamin owuye jagun

      That’s your opinion, but 350 million or so who own an iPhone, myself included don’t share your opinion as do the 10 million people who bought 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on the opening weekend at launch says otherwise

      • Cody

        So, how is Apple paying for your bills and family? You are defending the “greatness” of Apple, when they are laughing at all of us selling outdated phones, laptops, etc.. The only thing that keeps the iPhone alive is iOS. Not the device itself.

      • n0ahcruz3

        So true. The iPhone is overrated. Specs are mediocre, battery life sucks, prone to bending. Now front facing camera prone to shifting for iphone 6. We are basically paying more for the Software than hardware. the New Moto G has better specs than the 6, yet the price is $200 less for 8gb. iPhone 5c cost 450$! For the 8gb what a ripoff!

      • Prith IV

        You guys are total joke..!! There’s nothing ripoff in iphone 6 ..!! It’s the fastest phone..!! Android is basically over rated with nothing but LAGGIness and Shit ..!! If you see Specs, you guys are the idiot, even Tegra K1, the fasted android tablet is just 1.4 Ghz with dual core only ..!!

      • n0ahcruz3

        Lol try stock android with no carrier bloat or OEM custom skin. I feel u tho, i was an apple defender too but im open minded tried android, my first android was a motoG(1st gen) and i was impressed with a price of $179 unlocked 8gb it totally blows my 4s out of the water both in screen size and battery life! So keep an open mind. Typing this on an i6 oh and i still use my G as back up the device never failed me!

      • Prith IV

        Don’t just compare a new android to a old 4s …!! And Moto g 2014, which I used for couple of days has many problems like ::: when I turn in the camera, it just said, ” Hardware Failed” and yeah, does your sound just Hangs when you use auto Rotate ?? Lol and yeah finally, Flash on Moto G2 :: that the funniest thing :: I recorded video and app crashed, turning the flash On outside tooo..!! I turned of the device and the flash was on Tooo ..!! And finally , I went in to moto store to get it repaired …!! I see many silly mistakes in many other smartphones ,.!!

      • n0ahcruz3

        Funny i didnt have trouble with mine, im a long time iphone user since… The 1st iphone. And i use i6 right now and i dislike it battery hasn’t improved. And u mad bro? Lol

      • Prith IV

        LoL..! Nope ..!! Don’t just compare the numbers ..!! There’s more than numbers …!!

      • n0ahcruz3

        Lol are u hurt because im criticizing your favorite company?

      • jp2002

        Moto G doesn’t even come near 3GS’s smoothness. what bs are you talking. I currently have both the phones.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Are u freakin kidding me? Lol dude moto G is good for its price! Too much fanboyism here.

      • jp2002

        Haha kid, 3GS might look outdated with a non retina display, lesser ppi than moto G, but as far as UX is concerned its the top. Ive got both the phones. Probably a nexus might be smooth as you say, NOT moto g. I will not agree, as I’m currently using it.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Well mine has been considering its only 8gb and only use it for basic smartphone stuff eg. Read emails, browse web play casual games, watch videos etc. its buttery smooth didnt bother putting case on it. Its durable and battery life is good compared to my 4s.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Dont compare nexus 6 to moto G ofcourse nexus 6 will blow away the G lol compare it to the New Moto X.

      • Cody

        Woah, hang in there buddy. Nobody is talking about android here, in fact, nobody is talking about the software at all. Also, did you read my comment that I said iOS is what is keeping the iPhone alive? If we see specs we are the idiots? Okay, so I am sure that you are going to buy a $50,000 BMW with a Chevy engine in it because you will be an idiot by checking the specs of the car. Tell Apple the same thing, due to specs is why your iPhone becomes basically unusable after the third year.
        Also, have you ever used an Android? Android isnt as bad as how you put it. Yeah, you won’t look like the “cool” rich kid in your school or neighborhood, but you are paying a good amount of money for a phone that is in fact overrated.
        With all the due respect, people like these is why Apple keeps selling crap and making millions of not billions.

      • Prith IV

        What is old in iphone 6 ? Every specs are good ..!!

      • Cody

        Specs are good? Yes, for now. And even now the iPhone 6 lags. We are in 2014 and a phone for over $1,000 with 1GB of ram is a total joke and almost same processor as last years is a total joke. Telling me to not look at the specs is like buying a Mercedes or BMW and telling me to just look at the interior because no girl will look at the engine (in case you want to pick up girls on it). You are paying a premium price for a reason. you want style and and engine that’s superior of a Chevy or other lower-end to medium-end manufacturer. The iPhone is classified as the top of the class, but it clearly isn’t. And unless people stop buying the same overreated phones Apple will actually do something than just making a bigger phone.

      • Prith IV

        That’s the problem ?? Iphone 6 isn’t slow because of its A8 or 1 GB of Ram , it’s slow because, many of the apps aren’t optimised for iP6 or 6+ ..!! What you use now are just a stretched version of 4s and 5 respectively..!! It’s needs time just like iphone 5 ..!! In start ip5 was slow because of optimisation only and yeah after 3-4 months ..! It just came to be the fastest ..!!

      • n0ahcruz3

        Give it up dude it’s useless lol

      • Personally, I think all them so-claimed “flagship” phones are rip-offs. They’re powerful for quickly getting to information, listening-to/watching your media, and playing lite candy-crush games. Not worth $800 (a Surface Pro) IMO. Not until we get to the point where SmartPhones are replacing our Tablets and Laptops (or even Desktops), like this (http://bit ly/1gjmQtW | http://bit ly/1gjn7NB | http://bit ly/1gjn18z) but with full Windows functionality.

        Until we get there, the only reasonably priced SmartPhone, IMO, is the OnePlus One…

      • Cody

        Just because it has an Apple logo on it. Don’t forget that the iPhone 5c is 2 years old already (based on specs). And 8gb of storage? for $450? Another ripoff!

      • benjamin owuye jagun

        If Android wasn’t so demanding and needing all those cores because Android would lag without them. I never said Apple pays for my my family’s and my bills the fact are IOS doesn’t need all those cores like Android does. You wouldn’t have any basis for a debate if Android was properly optimised. Even Windows Phone puts Android to shame there with its optimisation for duel core processors and quad core as well.

  • Never heard of this company, most Chinese neither. I guess it’s just a hype.

  • Alberto Espinal

    Hahahaha what a joke

  • Kyle Mayer

    I don’t get it? Why does America have to follow Chinese copyright law (i thought they had none) but the Chinese don’t have to follow american copyright law.

    • Paymon John Vafa

      B/c they are selling iphones in China’s Jurisdiction. Just b/c the product was made in American you can’t be infringing on a Chinese right especially if you’re selling it there.

      If these guys made a claim when apple is not selling there then they probably can’t prove any damages.

  • John

    The Chinese need to sort themselves out. All they do is copy shite and when the’re not copying, they claim someone’s copied them. Can’t have it both ways.

  • Just another patent troll looking for an out of court settlement…

  • n0ahcruz3

    Duh!

  • n0ahcruz3

    They’re gate prone too, antennagate, bendgate, hairgate and the new one crescentgate. What else did i forget? Lol

  • Anonomous.TECH.man

    So wait Chinese don’t have to obey any copyright infringement laws spesificaly U.S. Why do we have to obay them.

  • Kelvin Lieu

    Have you guys seen some of the products from some asian counties? My dad came back from Vietnam with an iPhone and on the back of the phone, the logo was written as ‘Phone’ and every other design aspect was identical to the iphone 3GS. LOL

    • Rj McIvor

      My mate has an iPhone with a keypad and dual sim slot lol. Horrendous looking piece of sh*t.

  • jp2002

    these phone aren’t worth a cent. They have this outer shell with a dud processor inside and further to cut cost, they remove so many circuits. Hot spot doesn’t work on these phones. Trolled my friend like hell yesterday after he paid close to $100 for such a phone thats got no hotspot built in, but looks like an iPhone on the outside.

    • CryptoCoin420

      hotspot is built into this phone…….I

  • iPodDroid

    Yeah right…. And I’m Bill Gates in disguise…. SMH

  • “The marketing page for Digione’s smartphone looks hilariously like Apple’s website.”

    Uhm, the only similarity I see is the page showing a slideshow of the products…does Apple now own a patent for web page slide shows?

    • Cameron

      It looks almost exactly the same. That slideshow is all it needs. “does Apple now own a patent for web page slide shows?” Nope, but that was not the point.

      • xSeriouSx

        By that idiotic logic, Apple’s website looks hilariously like Microsoft’s website…

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    lol China

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  • Chindavon

    Umm, it looks just like the iPod Touch from 2 years ago.

  • Ernie Marin

    lol really, a Chinese phone maker complaining about a ripoff, lol.

  • Any press is good press right? I’m sure that’s how Digione is playing it…