GooPhone Claims To Have Patented The iPhone 5’s Design In China

By: Zach Walton - September 4, 2012

You may remember the GooPhone i5 from last week. The phone featured a design that was similar to the rumored design of the iPhone 5. Most, including yours truly, dismissed it as another interesting Chinese knock off. It seems that GooPhone doesn’t see it that way.

GizChina is reporting that GooPhone claims to have a patent on the iPhone 5’s design in China. Well, they have a patent on their design, but it’s remarkably similar to the rumored design of the iPhone 5. When released in China, it might be hard to tell the two apart. GooPhone is apparently betting on that to be the case and will be ready to bring a patent lawsuit against Apple.

It’s hard to say exactly how successful GooPhone would be in protecting their “patent” in a court of law, but precedent is clearly in their favor. Chinese electronics company Proview fought Apple over the iPad trademark for months, but eventually settled to the tune of $60 million. It will be interesting to see Apple’s reaction if GooPhone really does sue them over the iPhone 5’s design.

Realistically speaking, it’s highly unlikely that Apple would be caught off guard by GooPhone’s accusations. They most likely have all the major design points of the iPhone 5 patented and ready to go for any potential legal battles. At best, GooPhone might be able to convince a few people that they’re selling a cheaper version of the iPhone 5.

Here’s an unintentionally hilarious video that compares the GooPhone i5 with the iPhone 4S from the folks at GizChina:

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  • John

    WHAT? Some Chinese Company ripped off a US company? No WAY!!! Say it isn’t so! The only thing original those guys have come up with are fireworks and chopsticks. Give me a break.

    • mark

      It’s not a US Company if their products are made in China.

      • fozia

        it is a us product not a chinese product i’ll smash you all jewish bastards

      • fozia

        are you a chinese mark no so take your side it is a american product not a chinese

  • fozia

    apple are the best chinese people only copy there version of iphone5 to try to be clever and get more money apple all the way

  • fozia

    gay bastards im comin for ya

  • areeba

    apple all the way

  • h

    i saw your mum in the prostetute lane you white basterd go back to your ching chong thari ma

  • wing chan

    im a chinese person and i have something to say i heard a chinese man talking on a phone about copying the americans product they just want money please this is no joke

  • Edwin

    Goophone phone is great..and good price