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Apple has Meizu freeze M8 sales over copycat claims

updated 01:45 pm EDT, Sat October 9, 2010

Apple stops Meizu over M8 cloning dispute

Meizu chief Jack Wong today reported that Apple had effectively stopped sales of the similar-looking M8 in China after claims of design copying. The American company initially struck a deal with Meizu to stop just production of new models but allegedly turned on the deal and ordered Meizu to stop selling any models that were already in store. China's Intellectual Property Office wasn't legally enforcing the deal but could shut down factories without a warrant if it felt the move necessary.

The move could be catastrophic, according to Wong. While Meizu itself wouldn't be unrecoverable, many of the resellers would supposedly go out of busineess without the M8 being available. The new M9 could also be delayed further if a factory shut down and has been already pegged now for December.

Wong threatened to bring a court case to disuade Apple from using the IPO as a pressuring tool. Apple hadn't commented on the subject.

It's unclear how much of an argument Meizu may have against the iPhone creator. The interface for the M8 significantly differentiated itself from the iPhone in the time since the phone was released, but Meizu hasn't been shy to reveal that it's borrowing from Apple. The M8 was rapidly drawn in mockup form just weeks after the original iPhone was unveiled in January 2007, and the finished late 2008 design looked similar to the then-current iPhone 3G. Meizu has since switched to Android and is differentiating the UI once more to break away from both Apple and Google.

The company has had a history of overtly copying Apple; many of its early MP3 players deliberately played on the look of the fifth-generation iPod and the original iPod nano. For that reason as well as its relative size, Meizu has never officially sold devices in the US and has usually catered to Asia and Europe outside of its home territory. [via MeizuMe]

by MacNN Staff



  1. Fonejacker

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Worse than Microcopy

    It looks like this useless company is worse than Microcopy, talk about blatant copying, its ridiculous. I hope they go bust, no one will miss them. After all what have they done that's worth any one's money?

  1. joecab

    Joined: Dec 1969


    lots more copiers left over there

    geez Apple can do this, yet no one can stop all the other c*** they blantantly copy and bootleg like books, software, etc.?

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    First Shot Over the Bow

    Copycats beware: This is just the beginning.

    Apple was awarded trade dress patents for iOS devices, so if you look at nearly EVERY vaporware tablet that's been announced, ALL of them are near carbon copies of the look of the iPad/iPhone/iPod touch.

    Apple's legal team should be VERY busy!

  1. facebook_Jeff

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Oct 2010


    Fracking Chinese

    Why does this not surprise me? Oh yeah! IT'S THE CHINESE! The worst kinds of people for ripping off. We all thought Microsoft was bad copying. Fricking Chinese are the KINGS....

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  1. robin419

    Joined: Dec 1969




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  1. robin419

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Meizu m8 not blindly imitate!

    If you'll use the Meizu m8, will feel a lot of innovative stuff in there, like the ui and the like. Apple's something really good, but can not underestimate the Meizu, Meizu is definitely a strong future of Apple as a competitor, not just in China.

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  1. robin419

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Required the forum to support the Chinese!

    Required the forum to support the Chinese!

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Fracking Chinese

    Whoa. Easy. Chill. How about vent out some anger over these people here:,8599,2022987,00.html?hpt=C2

    That's more f*** up than all the Meizu and counterfeiters put together.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You can't steal ideas

    If you could then Apple would be in trouble - Phones - not Apple's idea.
    cell phones - not Apple's idea.
    Smart phones - not Apple's idea.

    Now stealing your intellectual property is another matter and you can enforce that - but Jobs is not a dummy. He keeps misusing the word 'idea' on purpose.

    They didn't steal your ideas Steve, because they weren't your ideas in the first place.

    In fact, you don't own the look 'aluminum' or having one button on the front, or anything else.

    iOS is definately covered by copyright, but they didn't copy your OS, they used WinMo, which predates iOS by a long, long time.

    This was a large company bullying a smaller one, plain and simple, nothing more.

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