Air Ap­ple con loses gi­ant ex­clu­sive Car­rier rightto to raise iPhone R&D trade­mark ac­tiv­i­tiesin China

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By FAN­FEIFEI By fan­feifei@chi­ WENQIAN zhuwen­qian@chi­

Ap­ple Inc has lost ex­clu­siv­ity Car­rieron the Corp,use of a the US “iPhone”air con­di­tion­ers, trade­mark heatin­gin China and and re­frig­er­a­tion has to share gi­ant,it with plans a to Bei­jing­basedex­pand its re­search leather and prod­ucts de­vel­op­ment maker. ef­forts in China, as it strives to make The the Bei­jingMu­nic­i­pal­coun­try one of Highthe main­staysPeo­ple’s Courtof its has global ruled R&D in op­er­a­tions.fa­vor of Xin­tong Tiandi Tech­nol­ogy The United (Bei­jing) Tech­nolo­giesLtd, which Cli­mate,sells a num­ber Con­trol­sof leatherand Se­cu­rity prod­ucts unit such cur­rentlyas smart­phone­has four R&D cases cen­ter­sand hand­bagsin China un­der— in the Bei­jing, name Shang­hai, “IPHONE”. Qin­huang­dao in He­beiIn 2002, prov­ince Ap­ple and ap­plied Qing­dao for in the Shan­dong “iPhone” trade­markprovince. for its elec­tron­icEach plays goods ma­jorin China, roles butin the it wasn’t multi­na­tional’sac­tu­ally grant­ed­global R&D un­til 2013. net­work, es­pe­cially in the Xin­tong in­no­va­tion Tian­diof its filed heat­ing,for its ven­ti­latin­gown “IPHONE” and trade­mark air-con­di­tion­ing in China in prod­ucts,2007, the as same well yearas fire the se­cu­ri­ty­first gen­er­a­tio­nand com­mer­cialof Ap­ple’s re­frig­er­a­tioniPhone was prod­ucts.launched in the United “China one of our most im­por­tan­tIn or­der to R&D ob­tain cen­ter­s­the ex­clu­siv­i­ty­for com­mer­cialon the heat­ing, use ven­ti­latin­gof the “iPhone”and air-con­di­tion­ing­trade­mark in China,prod­ucts Ap­ple to­day,first took and the we case will to con­tinue the Chi­ne­seto add trade­markto that, as au­thor­i­ty­well as addin 2012, more but en­gi­neerin­git failed teams,”as the said agency Robert claimedJ. Ap­ple McDonough, couldn’t pres­i­dent­prove the nameof UTC “iPhone” Cli­mate, was Con­trolsa well-know­nand Se­cu­rity.brand prior to Xin­tong Car­rier Tiandi’shas seen reg­is­tra­tionphe­nom­e­nal in 2007. growth in China, driven by Ap­plethe coun­try’sthen filed a emerg­inglaw­suit in mid­dle a Bei­jing class court. and How­ever, on­go­ing the court ruled against it and Ap­ple ap­pealed to the Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal High Peo­ple’s Court.

The court said that the com­pany didn’t sell the iPhone in the Chi­nese main­land un­til 2009.

The fi­nal judg­ment means Xin­tong Tiandi could con­tinue to use the trade­mark to sell its prod­ucts.

Ap­ple didn’t com­ment the rul­ing.

It came as Ap­ple’s lat­est quar­terly earn­ings showed a 13 per­cent drop in rev­enue as sales of iPhones slipped. China was a par­tic­u­lar weak spot as the sales in China fell 26 per­cent to $12.49 bil­lion, due to weak de­mand for iPhones.

Xin­tong Tiandi con­firmed the court rul­ing on its web­site and said the de­ci­sion rep­re­sented a vic­tory for free con­sumer on ur­ban­iza­tion process, in sales of its com­mer­cial and trans­port re­frig­er­a­tion and fire sys­tem prod­ucts.

The United Tech­nolo­gies en­tered China in the early 1900s, a few years af­ter its cre­ation in the United States.

Its main cus­tomers China mar­kets. have James been Yan, com­mer­ciala Bei­jing-based­of­fice buildin­g­an­a­lyst an­dat in­fras­truc­ture Coun­ter­point de­vel­op­ers, Tech­nol­ogy in­clud­ing sub­ways Mar­ket and Re­search, air­ports, said: in “The ad­di­tion fail­ureto pub­li­cof the trade­mark­fa­cil­i­ties such fight as wouldin­dus­trial not have fac­to­ries,a great schools, im­pact hos­pi­tals on Ap­ple’s and brand ho­tels. and im­age, but it De­spitemight con­fuse a growth con­sumerss­low­down in as the they Chi­nese­don’t know econ­omy, whetherthe com­pa­nythese prod­ucts­said the are fun­da­men­tals­made by Ap­ple that or have some been pro­duc­ers­driv­ing its busi­ness­copy Ap­ple’s re­main name,very strong, when and they it are will buy­ing con­tinue leatherto in­vest prod­ucts heav­ily em­bossedin China in with the long the term, ‘IPHONE’said McDonough.brand.”

The Zhu Dalin, com­pa­nyan an­a­lystalso at high­lighted Bei­jing-based that In­ter­netit will see con­sul­tan­cy­ben­e­fits from Analysys strong In­ter­na­tional,growth in the agreed. health­care sec­tor, which is Zhu be­ing said pri­or­i­tizedthe in­flu­ence within of the Xin­tong gov­ern­ment’sTiandi re­cent­lyis very an­nounced­mi­nor, which 13th wouldn’t Five-Year­pose Plana threat (2016-20).to Ap­ple any­way, and Ross Ap­ple Shus­ter, mainly pres­i­dent­fo­cuses onof in­ter­na­tional­elec­tronic de­vices, op­er­a­tionssuch as at UTC smart­phones Cli­mate, and Con­trols iPads. and Se­cu­rity, said: “Health­care fa­cil­i­ties are large con­sumers of our prod­ucts.

“For Car­rier’s air-con­di­tion­ing business, there is strong de­mand from hos­pi­tals for med­i­cal and op­er­at­ing equip­ment, heaters and cool­ers.

“Sur­gi­cal suites and birthing cen­ters also need clean and fresh air, and no dif­fer­ent with other pub­lic build­ings, hos­pi­tals need fire alarms and fire de­tec­tion sys­tems.

China is one of our most im­por­tant R&D cen­ters for com­mer­cial heat­ing, ven­ti­lat­ing and air-con­di­tion­ing prod­ucts.”

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