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China’s accessories producer sues Apple for monopoly

By Fang Tian (People's Daily Online)    15:34, August 31, 2017

Pisen, a leading peripheral devices producer in China, sued US tech giant Apple and its branches in Shanghai and Beijing for seeking a monopoly with its MFi program. The plaintiff lodged a claim for only one yuan, National Business Daily reported on Aug. 28.

Pisen has brought a suit against Apple, said the company’s official Weibo, a Twitter-like social network. Zhao Guocheng, president of Pisen, also confirmed the suit by posting a case acceptance notice on his WeChat account.

Apple rejected Pisen’s applications for participation in the MFi (Made for iPod/ iPhone/iPad)program multiple times, but gave no reason. Meanwhile, Apple complained about Pisen’s products, forcing the company to pull its products off the shelves, thus limiting its access to fair market competition and leaving the company at a disadvantage, said Pisen.

Apple’s mandatory MFi authentication program is related to the safety of its devices, but limits fair competition. It’s hoped that Apple will stop its monopolistic behavior and pay one yuan as compensation, said Pisen.

Owing to extreme high standards and fees, it’s hard for third-party accessory makers to get authorized. Moreover, the authorized third party must share a certain percentage of profits with Apple.

The suit is not supported by a good enough reason, as MFi authentication is a trademark license. Apple has reason to authorize its cooperative partners to produce its accessories, said a legal counsel of the Internet Society of China.

Apple has not given a official response as of Aug. 30.

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