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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.
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“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.”