iPhonAsia comment: At first view this is a minor story and paltry settlement amount ($58K). Upon further review, this could be significant. The court system in China is closely allied with government policies and sentiments. Piracy has oft been overlooked and mark infringement is rampant in China. Why would a judge side with the outside firm (Apple)? Perhaps because Apple is making serious moves in China … opening more Apple Stores in China, and possibly assisting China Mobile with TD-SCDMA (TD iPhone 3G in Q1 2009), and maybe working with China Unicom for another iPhone 3G (W-CDMA) launch in mid-to-late 2009?
This court judgement in Apple’s favor may well be a bit of payback for Apple’s current and forthcoming business initiatives in China … which means cash and employment for locals … This judgement may also (we can only hope) signal further government crackdowns against smaller iClone rips.