Apple is on its head so that the device can be repaired only in expensive, authorized services. We are glad that the nose of Cupertino giant has just gotten a small service from Norway, sued by Apple.
Apple is becoming more and more brazen in pursuing a monopoly in repairing iPhone smartphones and iPad tablets. A few days ago, we wrote that. The latest news coming from Norway makes us even more happy and at the same time enjoy us.
Well, last year, Apple filed a lawsuit against a small service in Norway. What went through? Well, the Norwegian customs office has stopped supplying replacement screens for smartphones iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S. Apple was notified of the case, claiming that the website owners infringe intellectual property rights to the detriment of the company. Reason? The use of iPhones in the repair of replacements without the appropriate (!!!) Apple authorization. The defendant was the owner, Henrik Huseby, to whom under the settlement the decision was made:
“It does not manufacture, import, sell, market or otherwise use spare parts for Apple products that violate company rights.”
Interestingly, Apple wanted to forbid something that … allows Norwegian law!
The owner of the site rejected the offer and Apple decided to shoot the sparrow from the cannon. The Giant of Cupertino hired 5 lawyers, but … the Norwegian court has just issued a judgment favorable to the owner of the site. His lawyer issued the following statement:
“Apple has proved what they really want at this hearing, they want a monopoly on repairs to keep prices high, unattractive for consumers.” What’s more, they do not want to sell subassemblies for devices, even original ones, to anyone except authorized service providers, thus consumers. ”
To a large extent, the blame for the entire confusion is the Chinese display provider, who sent replacement screens, on which the * internal * side was the Apple logo, i.e. the registered trademark. The court made the following comments on this matter:
“The law does not prohibit the import of screen replacements for mobile devices from manufacturers in Asian countries, as long as they are fully compatible with these devices. This can be done as long as the packaging does not have a trademark associated with the original parts.”
However, the court found that the infringement of the patented trademark did not take place, because consumers purchasing screen replacements did not see the logo placed from the side of the screen placed inside the device.