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Chinese Makers of Goophone Intend to Sue Apple Upon Release of iPhone 5

In a piece of news that is just too wild to believe, the makers of the new Goophone I5, an Android powered device that is in the shape of the upcoming iPhone 5, intends to sue Apple for patent infringement upon release of the iPhone 5 in China. Designed from leaked specs on the iPhone 5, the Goophone has already been patented in China and the company will do all it can to make sure Apple doesn’t steal any of their hard work. You’re kidding, right?  

Anyone remember GooApple 3G? It was the original Android powered iPhone device that was actually pretty awesome. Either way, if this company actually intends to sue Apple, that case probably won’t last long. Apple’s lawyers would most likely have a field day with these copycats.


Via: Yahoo News

  • Oh look GooPhone is doing exactly what Apple has done for years… Steal something, patent it, then sue the inventor… Not so fun when the rabbit has the gun

  • too amazing — if only this would come true!

  • Jizzum Bomb

    Two Words: Karma

  • BroRob

    The Goophone I5 looks nothing like a GS3… speaking of GS3, not THAT looks like an i*hone imitation!! 😉

  • All of my wuts.

  • Jimneezy

    “Good artist copy, great artist steal” LMAO!!!!

  • Take down apple!!!!

  • yarrellray

    I hope they sue the dog doo doo out of apple.

  • Apple should sue Goophone for copying their iphone 4 designs. Serves them right for being greedy and trying to earn a buck by copying leaked designs.

  • Blardie cheena knock offs.

  • Hahaha.. Shurr Apple we make ur faborous iPhone. And we Patent it before you!! Bringg Honnah to Ma Famiry!!!

  • Barack Odummer

    The Author foolishly believes that the Chinese judicial system will for some reason believe Apple’s claim of previous art against a company that has already patented designs in China. The Chinese are protective of their own if anything and prior art is not an argument when it comes to Chinese patent law. Especially when attempted against a Chinese Tech company. Just like all the other companies that put profit before people and moved their manufacturing to China and India They ave given up a certain level of security and justice for the privilege of using foreign slave labor to build their products. China holds some 10-12 billion of the US Debt. You should expect our Chinese overloads to start demanding more for buying US Federal debt load.

  • What worries me is I kinda don’t see this stopping with Apple, what if/when they start threatening Android OEMs?
    I’m no fan of Apple but I hope they nail these chumps to the wall…

    • They did this intentionally to troll on Apple, because of the worldwide lawsuits over rectangles, gestures and icons.

  • chris k

    give apple a taste of their own medicine

  • Mike

    The Chinese have trolled Apple. Well done.

  • master94

    Go Goophone. If Apple can patent useless prior arts, than they should allow this company to get $1billion dollars.

  • I’ll be interested in how they handle it. They allow companies to blatantly rip off the designs and tech from cars, electronics, etc and say “we don’t see how they look or act the same” when even a blind person could tell its copied.

    Also why does it have the Honeycomb bee on the back and top corner of the pics? Is that their mascot or something?

  • J Dub

    So you have Samsung talking about suing as soon as an LTE iPhone is released. Google is hoarding all kinds of next-gen patents that I can see Apple wishing they had. They started it though.

  • Copy cats suing copy cats. interesting.

  • LionStone

    Get some GooPhone!!

  • Robert Goddard

    I’m gonna trademark a name for my new business… named AppIe, spelled a p p i e. I’m gonna make cell phones called the lPhone (Lphone). A cell phone that runs apps!

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    Some of you fail to forget that apple brings in big bucks into china…Goophone wouldn’t stand a chance..not even in Chinese courts

  • a.youth.in.Asia

    Good for them! Apple, you shouldn’t copy a patented design! INFRINGEMENT!

    • SchwannyT

      Ya and whats apple going to do? Start making them in the U.S.? Not likely.

      • a.youth.in.Asia

        Hell no! USA is against child labor so to make up for that added cost to actually paying a wage the phone would cost… Carry the 1…. add the 6…. Approximately $1463.00 for their 512MB model

  • Bigsike

    See now this is clearly a case of one company knowingly ripping off another company only this time the offender will lose. Funny how Apple always seems to get their way tho, hmmm I guess paying off officials does get the job done eh Apple?

  • Justin

    The video for the GooApple 3G device is no longer available because Apple filed a lawsuit against YouTube for patent infringement. (Mostly serious).

  • So if the iPhone 5 is banned in China does that mean they can’t make it in China or only sell it.. 🙂

  • EvanTheGamer

    YEAH, GO CHINA! Sue those rat bastards REAL GOOD!

  • Trevor

    The English language should sue Apple for stealing the name of our fruit.

  • Pedro

    First thought: You’ve got to be kidding me.
    Second thought: I love the irony.

  • Stevedub40

    As ridiculous as this sounds, it is about as ridiculous as apple trying to sue other companies for their so called “patented ideas.”

  • bose301s

    People comparing this to the US are forgetting that this is China and their laws are VERY different from ours. They look out for Chinese companies big time, and while this may be ridiculous and would not stand a chance in the US, there is a very good chance this will se a court in China and Goophone may even win.

    • Robert King

      In most cases, I’d agree with you. However, Apple employes a lot of Chinese labor, and they aren’t willing to let go of Apple products or money anytime soon. At best, the Chinese political machine will start up and find a way that allows them to keep Apple, even if it means strong-arming Goophone to lose a court case.

      • glimmerman76

        Apple does not employee any people foxcon does

  • Tyler Casilio

    Go China Go! lol that’s actually terrible

  • bogy25

    This can’t be true but if it is it’s the best news I have heard all year. F apple

  • JB

    Cost Apple $60 million to settle with the Chinese company that trade marked “iPad.” Maybe the GooPhone people aren’t so crazy afterall.

  • TheCheapGamer

    Lolol, win!

  • J Nano

    karma biaches

    • Trevor

      Haha only if the Goophone people win. Fingers crossed…

  • Superdroid

    Take a bite out of that! Apple.

    No chance in a Chinese kangaroo court.

  • Bewara2009

    Everyone is trying to sue everyone ..

  • This is just stupid, anyone who thinks they actually have a case against Apple gtfo. You know nothing about anything.

    • DroidyDroid

      You obviously know nothing about China or their laws.

  • If the iPhone 5 gets banned from the US that would be so fantastic!

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  • George264

    I look at it again, and actually they are dumb to sue. They think they can get something out of this, but they can’t. If Apple can win against Samsung phones who only look a little bit like an iPhone, this is dead. It looks way too similar to an iPhone 4. Like the iPhone 4 longer, with a little bit different back. They got the same logo placement, same metal band, same volume buttons, same home button. Sure I would like Apple to get some payback, but they aren’t. Maybe soon, but this isn’t it.

    • smwandrie93

      good thing apple won in the us against samsung and not in china where the laws are very very very very very different…

  • Butters619

    You can get patents through in China in 2 months? WTH?

    • a.youth.in.Asia

      They must have someone on the inside to fast track the patent or a bunch of bribe money

  • potacho

    GooPhone. Half Google, half iPhone. Clever.

  • have no idea how chinas patent system works, and i love this and its hilarious, but if its like Americas, the previous art apple will have during the design will render that patent useless

    • Luxferro

      How is that like america? In the recent case, previous art was shown to prove Apples look and style existed before the iPhone, and it was just brushed aside.

  • WNflyer

    What’s so funny? I have a 32GB gooPad on order for my Mother-in-Law!

  • ezpotato

    Absolutely HILARIOUS!!!!!

  • bealtaine

    *points at Apple*

    *nelson* HA HA!

  • Knlegend1

    But the iPhone 5 isn’t released yet so they could have a case. Patents stand in court. Its not what you know its what you can prove. So apple would be smart to not even release it in china.

    • Nice movie reference. It doesn’t matter if it wasn’t released yet. How do you think a patent system works? You think they build retail products before the patent it? Not unless its some As Seen on TV.

      • Knlegend1

        Whose to say they didn’t.

    • Apple just need to prove that their design originated from stolen trade secret and their patent will be gone in no time. This, however, does remind me of one thing — if Apple could patent some obvious designs such as a round corner rectangular shape device, why couldn’t Android makers do that. Motorola, for example, can patent a thin device with a ridiculously big battery. Samsung can patent a thin but large phone device, etc. At some points, Apple will step on the patented design and then the Android makers can sue back.

    • New_Guy

      Training Day quote… Nice 🙂

  • will

    Karma’s a bitch…

    • MicroNix

      If ever this was more true!

  • Drew56

    Does it run honeycomb lol.

    • paul_cus

      Haha, that’s the first thing I thought too.

    • EddieT

      it can’t run Honeycomb. Honeycomb is optimized for tables not phones

  • MrToTo83

    All I can do is laugh! HAHAHAHAHA At least we know its just not america that the patent system doesnt work like it should!

  • florious80

    There’s a patent system in China???

    • Yea. They also have a copyright system, that’s even harder to believe. But you know what, the next day after the Beijing Olypmics Opening Ceremony, you could find pirated DVD on the street — they couldn’t even protect their state-owned content.

      • PhillipCun

        in a way that’s a great thing….

      • In US, Federal and States aren’t really allowed to own a copyright.

        In China, they do.

        Well, then.

    • Lucky Armpit

      Yup, and if the iPhone 5 was blocked because of this, that would be HILARIOUS. Chinese have copied cars for years and I read about how one car manufacturer (BMW?) sued the Chinese company and they LOST the lawsuit.

      • Ellis Colon

        Wow really? ! And what was the case about exactly?

  • moelsen8

    Good. Sue them for all the tea in China.

    • Robert Goddard

      What is the going price for that now?

  • New_Guy

    How you like them apples? Haha!

    • Timothy McGovern

      Good one

      • New_Guy

        Thanks 🙂

        • ChrisTraeger1

          You’re welcome

    • laughingATignorantPEEPS

      did you even read the article u tard?

      • New_Guy

        It’s ok…not everyone understnds the nuances of things like sarcasm and double entendres. We won’t hold it against you though 🙂

  • S2556

    Ill be cheering on these guys all the way in the slim chance apple learns a lesson! However, I highly doubt their legal team could stand up to apples…

    • Anon

      Their legal team doesn’t need to be better than apple. It is a Chinese patent for a device sold only in China made by a Chinese company. That means they will win against Apple if a lawsuit makes it to court before a settlement is reached just to shut the Goophone makers up.

      • Andrey Feldman

        But they won’t… do you know how much business the manufacturing of the iPhone brings to china? Sadly there’s no way in hell apple will lose.

        • nomar

          What about the iPad name lawsuit? Apple ended up paying instead of fighting it. I think that is all these guys want too. Money.

  • SethMcDonald

    I wonder if there case against apple will be the shape is rectangle with rounded edges… and it has a rectangular screen?

    • a.youth.in.Asia

      There’s going to be a case in China because apple likes to steal design aspects and try to pass them off as their own!

  • I think it serves Apple right, although I doubt it will teach them anything about frivolous patent lawsuits.

  • root4life

    Love it. Freaking hilarious