Apple loses iPhone name battle against Mexican firm iFone

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Apple loses iPhone name battle against Mexican firm iFone

  • 2012-11-06 05:35:59
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News / Smartphones Apple loses iPhone name battle against Mexican firm iFone
Mexican telecom services and systems company,iFone, says that Mexican Court has denied Apple’s suit against the company’s usage of the phonetically similar brand, focuses on their earlier trade name registration. The Mexican firm claims it registered the iFone trademark four years before Apple introduced the i-Phone brand in the country in the year of 2007, through the operator Telcel. iFone has also counter sued for damages, and stands to be awarded up to 40 percent of i-Phone sales revenue in Mexico, apart from possibly blocking the use of the iPhone brand in the country.

Actually Apple incop. has owns Class 9 and Class 28 trademarks for the iPhone in Mexico, which cover electronic game devices. The giant filed a suit in 2009, contesting the Class 38 trademark owned by iFone in the country, which covers telecommunication services. Despite all , the iPhone technically not falling under the telecommunication services sector, services such as i-Message and FaceTime

iFone however disagreed, and declaring that they are actively using the trademark, also the thwarted Apple’s attempts to register their own Class 38 trademark for the iPhone in the country.
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