Chinese authorities order fake Apple stores to stop using logo

Chinese authorities have discovered 22 more fake Apple Stores in the city of Kunming, according to reports.

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Chinese authorities have discovered 22 more fake Apple Stores in the city of Kunming.

Last month, Macworld reported that five fake stores had been discovered in the capital of the Yunnan province, two of which had been ordered to close, after a blogger exposed a fake Apple Store she had been into in Kunming.

Now, Reuters reports that China's Administration for Industry and Commerce has ordered that the 22 fake stores stop using Apple's logo after Apple China accused them of unfair competition and violating its registered trademark.

It is still unclear if the products on sale in the stores have been acquired through the grey market or are unauthorised copies, but plenty of examples of both unlicensed and fake Apple products have been seen in the country before.

Earlier this week an iPhone 5 rip-off, the HiPhone 5, was spotted for sale on Chinese websites. The units were reportedly based on leaked photographs of the iPhone 5.

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