The incredibly realistic Steve Jobs dolls have been pulled out from the market following immense pressure applied on the dolls' manufacturer from Apple and Steve Jobs' family.
Recently, a Chinese company called In Icons announced that it had manufactured a series of Steve Jobs dolls in the memory of the creative tech genius, who died on Oct. 5, 2011.
Everyone felt that the dolls are incredibly realistic and lifelike. The dolls, which were only one-sixth the height of the real Jobs, were dressed in Jobs' trademark blue jeans, sneakers and black turtleneck sweater. More interestingly, the dolls even sported a wedding ring on their fingers.
In Icons was going to launch the dolls for $99 in February. However, Apple cried foul and complained that the Chinese company was infringing its patent rights. According to The Telegraph, the tech giant also sent a letter demanding that the Chinese company cease and desist production and sale of the Steve Jobs dolls.
On Sunday, the Chinese company announced on its Web site, saying the dolls won't hit the market. It said it took the decision, following tremendous legal pressure from Apple.
Unfortunately we have received immense pressure from the lawyers of Apple and Steve Jobs family, In Icons said. Though we still believe that we have not overstepped any legal boundaries, we have decided to completely stop the offer, production and sale of the Steve Jobs figurine out of our heartfelt sensitivity to the feelings of the Jobs family.
In Icons said it will refund the customers who had pre-ordered the doll. We understand that this decision will cause many of the fans' disappointment, the statement read. Please forgive us as there is no other alternative unless to have the blessing from Steve Jobs family.
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