ban on selling iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phones in China got overturned after a Chinese court ruled in favor of Apple in a design patent dispute.
Last May, a Beijing patent regulator ordered Apple and a local retailer Zoomflight to stop selling the iPhones after China-based Baili claimed they infringed on the patented design of its 100c smartphone.
The Beijing Intellectual Property Court on Friday overturned the ban, saying the regulator didn’t follow due procedures. It also said there wasn’t sufficient proof to claim the designs infringed on Baili’s patents, noting that people could easily tell the iPhone 6 and the 100C apart.
Reps of Beijing Intellectual Property Office and Baili said they will take time to decide whether to appeal the ruling, according to the Xinhua news agency.
The court did deny, however, Apple’s request that Baili be stripped of the patent at the center of the case.
IPhone sales in China have lately been slammed by stiff competiion with local brands like Huawei and Xiaomi. Last year, Apple’s sales in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan tanked 33 percent.
Beijing’s Intellectual Property Office and Baili said they were considering whether to appeal against the court’s decision.