Apple has been told to suspend sales of two versions of the iPhone 6 in Beijing because they are too similar to a competitor.The order by an intellectual property tribunal said the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus infringed a design patent for the 100C model made by Shenzhen Beili, a small Chinese brand.

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It was issued in May but reported this week by Chinese media.Apple said it had been allowed to continue selling the devices for now after a Beijing court stayed the administrative order on appeal.

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President Xi Jinping, China has taken a stricter view of technologies and content that it previously gave wider berth.Chinese companies are learning to take advantage of a maturing domestic patent system, laying claim to patents even if they weren’t the first to develop the broader technology, said Erick Robinson, chief patent counsel for Asia Pacific at the Rouse China law firm. “It is still relatively rare for Chinese companies to attack and be successful against Western companies, but you’re going to see more and more of this,” he said.