Apple Files Lawsuit Against Teenager Who Earned $130,000 Through White iPhone Kits, Settlement?
There had been so much hype about white iPhone release, finally when Apple launched white iPhone 4, damage has already been occurred.
The delay in the official launch of the white iPhone 4, the demand for the elusive white iPhone 4 was so high that DIY conversion kits available for $279 were selling like hot cakes and Fei Lam – the teenage entrepreneur behind the website WhiteiPhone4Now managed to sell over $130,000 worth of the conversion kits in just a few months, as reported by iphonehacks.
MacRumors has just reported that Apple has filed a lawsuit against Lam and his parents yesterday and at the same time also filed a voluntary dismissal of lawsuit, indicating that Apple might have reached a settlement with Lam and his parents.
Apple yesterday finally filed a lawsuit against Lam and his parents, claiming infringement and dilution of its trademarks and engaging in deceptive practices through his conversion kit sales through his website at whiteiphone4now.com. Apple did, however, also file a voluntary dismissal of the lawsuit at the same time, suggesting that a settlement has may have been reached, although Apple’s request for dismissal without prejudice means that the company reserves the right to refile the claim at some point in the future.
Here’s an excerpt from the lawsuit:
Defendent Lam willfully and without authorization has used Apple’s trademarks in connection with the sale of his “White iPhone 4 Conversion Kits,” which among other things included white front and back panels with Apple’s logo and “iPhone” trademarks that are used in connection with the promotion and sale of Apple’s well known iPhone 4 handheld mobile digital electronic devices. Defendant at all times knew that Apple never has authorized the sale of white panels for its iPhone 4 mobile devices, and that he obtained these panels from sources that were not authorized by Apple or any of its suppliers to sell them.
[ Via Macrumors ]