UPGRADE 1-Apple says iPhones still offered for sale in China-CNBC

Sales staff welcome the clients to buy iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at an Apple shop in Beijing, October 17, 2014.

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<articleLocation” > Apple Inc (AAPL.O) stated its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were still offered for sale in China after Beijing’s intellectual property regulators disallowed their sales stating the designs had infringed a patent held by a Chinese business. “We appealed a management order from a regional patent tribunal in Beijing last month and as an outcome the order has been stayed pending review by the Beijing IP Court,” Apple stated in a statement on Friday. The notice, outdated May 19, banning sales of particular iPhone designs in Beijing was posted on a Chinese government website. (bit.ly/ 1S9rc6T) The Chinese market is vital to Apple, driving more of its sales than other area outside the United States. However the tech giant has actually faced higher examination there in current months, with its online book and movie services obstructed by Chinese regulators earlier in 2012.

Apple traditionally had actually taken pleasure in favorable treatment in China, however Beijing’s crackdown on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is a reminder that the tech giant is not unsusceptible to the analysis that other U.S. tech companies have actually long dealt with in the nation, said expert Colin Gillis of BGC Partners.

” There’s a variety of risks of having reliance on sales in China to Apple, and federal government intervention in whatever type is one of them,” he said. Last month, Apple announced that it would invest $1 billion in Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing, a relocation that was commonly deemed an attempt to support relations in China.

( Reporting by Julia Love in San Francisco and Rishika Sadam in Bengaluru; editing by Shounak Dasgupta and Diane Craft).

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