Their phone, the GooPhone i5, will reportedly ship with Android 4.0 and some pretty capable hardware, including a quad-core 1.4Ghz processor, an 8 mega-pixel camera, a high-def screen and even an Android desktop theme designed to look just like an iPhone’s characteristic layout.
GooPhone is one of many Chinese electronics knockoff-makers that have gotten especially good at their mimicry in recent years, but if it’s true that they’ve obtained a patent on the iPhone 5′s design before Apple even announced it, that could give them leverage in the courts — possibly even enough to challenge Apple’s right to sell its device in the country.
And while the GooPhone i5 is clearly an abuse of the Chinese patent system and a case of brazen theft of intellectual property, it’s not clear if Apple would overcome such a challenge, or if a victory would even shut GooPhone down.
Wired notes that the company has a history of selling sophisticated knockoffs of other popular phones, including the iPhone 4, and their website even recycles some of the original press shots for the devices they’re ripping off.
While a jury did agree that Samsung’s designs were a little too similar to Apple’s, the case was still highly controversial and could forever change how smartphones are conceived, designed and sold. Even so, it wouldn’t have been close if it were GooPhone’s attorneys in the courtroom instead of Samsung’s.
This video was published to YouTube by GizChina on Sept. 3, 2012.
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