In the wake of Apple's big legal win against Samsung, the Cupertino-based company may have to face off against the Goophone, which recently release an iPhone 5 knockoff based on leaked pictures, and has reportedly patented the design in China in an attempt to block Apple from selling the upcoming smartphone to Chinese consumers.
The Goophone i5 runs on Android software and features the two-toned metallic design rumored for the iPhone 5 as well as a number of other design features. Like the iPhone 5, the GooPhone i5 is a taller iPhone 4, with a 4-inch screen, smaller dock connector, redesigned external speaker grill and repositioned headphone jack at the bottom of the device.
According to GizChina, Goophone is claiming that they've patented the I5 design in China, effectively blocking Apple from selling the real iPhone 5 in the country in a situation similar to Apple's desire to block Samsung from selling its devices in the US.
The Goophone i5 will reportedly launch just days after the iPhone 5, which will be revealed at a special event on September 12. The Goophone i5 will cost $300 (Apple Has ye to announce how much he iPhone 5 will cost). The knockoff smartphone is rumored to feature a Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core 1.4Ghz CPU, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.0 ICS with an iOS 6 theme, 8 mega-pixel rear camera and 4 inch screen with retina display resolution of 1280x720.
The Goophone smartphone company is part of the larger Shenzhen Shenma Lianzhong e-Commerce. Founded in 2011, the company currently has over 500 employees, according to their website. They also sell a Samsung Galaxy knockoff.
Business Week attempted to interview a company employee, who refused to give their name and promptly hung up when asked to discuss the patent against Apple's iPhone 5.
Companies like Goophone have become popular in China, earning he title "patent troll" for ripping off other companies designs and then patenting them with the hope of getting paid off by the company they knocked-off.