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Apple will close two stores in Texas because of… patents!

Apple does not have the habit of closing stores: they are usually temporarily banned for renovations or relocations, but permanent closures are quite rare. Recently, however, the news was confirmed that the company permanently closes two stores in the US state of Texas and for a (supposed) very unexpected reason.

Apple Stonebriar and Apple Willow Bend, TexasApple Stonebriar (left) and Apple Willow Bend

As reported by 9to5Mac, Apple announced, for next April, the closure of stores Apple Willow Bend (in plan) and Apple Stonebriar (in Frisco). The actual reason for the closure has not been communicated, but the site has a very convincing suspicion: The stores, located in the northern suburbs of Dallas, are the only Ma in the East Texas District coincidentally or not, one of the US locations. where the company receives more processes related to patent infringements.

Explain: The Eastern District of Texas is one of the country's most stringent intellectual property laws. Since US law states that a company can take proceedings anywhere it has a ?regular and established presence? (such as a store), patent trolls They often choose the location to sue Apple for a greater chance of receiving a favorable decision.

With the closure of the two stores by 1, Apple will no longer have a ?regular and established presence? in the East Texas District, so companies will have to choose other locations to process it (where it is most likely to be). protect).

This does not mean that residents of the region will run out of Apple stores: Apple plans to open a new one at the mall Dallas Galleria, just a few miles from the eastern and northern Texas District. Look at Cupertino's cleverness illustrated in this map designed by MacRumors:

Apple Store Locations in East Texas District

In an official statement, Apple announced the opening of Apple Dallas Galleria for April, as well as the closing of the aforementioned stores; Closing space employees will have jobs offered at the new store or in other locations. As more information about the opening opens, we will keep you updated.

Mexico City

Meanwhile, a little bit south of Texas, Apple is preparing to open its second store in Mexico City.

Photos posted by the site Mexico Xataka show the construction of the space in front of Antara Fashion Hall, a luxury mall near the city center; previously; There was talk of the possibility of the store being erected inside the mall, but Apple seems to have chosen this more visible space to set an address.

There is no more information about the store or its possible opening date, but the photos indicate a similar structure we saw at Apple Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek (USA) ie a flat ceiling that extends to the glass walls , with an airy interior and curved corners.

The store should have all the elements recently introduced by Ma, such as the Today at Apple and the new internal furniture with plants and light wood items. We'll certainly have more news about her soon.

Bondi junction

Finally, Apple announced the temporary closure of Apple Bondi in Bondi junction (Sydney, Australia). The store will be banned from the 24th next for renovations, not yet scheduled reopening.

Apple bondiApple Bondi: Possibly Ma's First Store with Trees Inside

It is not known if the works will involve deeper changes in the structure and look of the store, but they are expected to bring Apple Bondi all the news introduced by Ma to its retail experiences recently. As the store now has an open space and bold architecture, the renovations are expected to be clearer and not to take too long but we will have to wait and see.

via 9to5Mac: 1, 2

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