There are plenty of interesting dimensions to the media frenzy caused late last week as a Chinese patent dispute between Apple and a company called Shenzhen Baili came to light, and it was revealed that sales of the iPhone 6 and 6S had briefly been banned in Beijing. On this blog, Richard Lloyd discussed its potential impact on the US patent debate, while over at World Trademark Review Jack Ellis analysed the strategic importance of design patents in China. But this latest annoyance for Apple also shows a potential risk posed by the company's struggle to keep confidential designs under wraps as they work their way through the supply chain.

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