Apple has filed a lawsuit against a teenage American student who made in excess of $130,000 selling white iPhone 4 conversion kits before the lighter hued handset made an overdue official arrival last month.
Having set up the website whiteiphone4now.com to sell kits that allowed owners of the standard black Apple handset to the formerly illusive white model, 17 year old New York student Fei Lam has been slapped with a lawsuit for illegal use of Apple trademarks.
“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,” read the legal filings.
“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.”
Having hit Lam and his parents with the legal papers, Apple is reported to have simultaneously filed a voluntary dismissal meaning the tech giant and teenager have agreed Lam will stop selling the conversion kits or risk facing further legal action.
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