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Will Apple's Share of the Smartphone Market in China Continue to Shrink?

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GooPhone threatens to sue Apple over the iPhone 5 design.

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Could the iPhone 5 Get Blocked in China?

Apple may face another challenge in Asia from the Chinese knockoff phone company Goophone, which makes the Goophone I5. The company produced and claims it patented the the design of the Goophone I5 before the official launch of the iPhone 5 yesterday, and it had stated that it would attempt to block Apple's new smartphone from entering the Chinese market if the phones looked identical.

Goophone produced a copy of the iPhone 5 design before its launch by imitating the design of the leaked photos posted on the Web of the phone.

Here is Goophone's website and line of iPhone-like smartphones. The only noticeable difference between the Goophone I5 and the iPhone 5 is that it still has a 3.5-nch screen versus the iPhone's 4-inch screen.

(See also: Critic: With iPhone 5 Launch, Tim Cook Blows Major PR Opportunity.)

Twitter: @ChrisWitrak
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