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China's Largest 3C Product Manufacturer Pisen Files Lawsuit Against Apple in China

CHENGDU, China, Sept. 1, 2017 — (PRNewswire) — Guangdong Pisen Electronics Co., Ltd. on August 28, 2017 filed a lawsuit with the Beijing Intellectual Property Court against Apple Inc. for the latter's suspected engagement in monopolistic behavior.

Apple's MFi (Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad) compulsory certification is a logo using permission for peripherals made by Apple Inc.'s licensed accessory manufacturers. Pisen, as China's largest accessory manufacturer, has 14 years of experience in manufacturing peripherals, shipping tens of millions of data cables a year. Pisen claimed that data cables are only transmission channels for data and current and are less technically inclined, meaning that the MFi compulsory certification is just a superfluous toll station set up on the channel.

For this reason, Pisen formally filed the suit, claiming a compensation for economic loss of 1 yuan from Apple. The company said its economic loss is, in fact, much more than 1 yuan, however, it only claimed a symbolic restitution from the perspective of the protection of consumer choice and a company's right to fair competition. The Beijing Intellectual Property Court has accepted the case.

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