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Apple Loses Appeal in 'iPhone' Naming Rights Case in Mexico

Apple has lost an appeal over its use of the 'iPhone' trademark in Mexico, reports The Wall Street Journal. The case has been going on for some time, but does not appear to impact Apple's ability to sell the iPhone and related services in the country.
Apple sued to have the Ifone brand revoked on grounds it had expired for the Mexican company, but a federal court found that Ifone SA, registered in 2003, was making proper use of it. The Supreme Court this week rejected Apple's appeal against the decision at the request of Ifone.

Ifone's corporate lawyer Eduardo Gallastegui said the decision frees the company to continue with its claims, already submitted to the Industrial Property Institute IMPI, for damages resulting from the use of its name by Apple and by three Mexican mobile phone service providers: America Movil unit Telcel, Spain's Telefonica SA and Grupo Iusacell.
This is not the first time that Apple has run into trademark issues with its products. Previous court cases in Brazil and China have ended in settlements.

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20 months ago

What in Gods name is that? It's so ugly


Sorry - did you join the cell phone universe with the iPhone?

The i500 - while not pretty by today's standards was a kickass phone in its day. And certainly the "look" most phones had.

:rolleyes:
Rating: 9 Votes
20 months ago
Isn't it spelt differently enough?
Rating: 9 Votes
20 months ago
1 billion pesos settlement


or 20 dollars, whichever is greater
Rating: 7 Votes
20 months ago

On one hand Apple started the whole 'i' thing;


*ahem*Cisco*ahem* ;)


but iFone was started in 2003 here.....so Apple is technically wrong and should have lost this case.


This would be a proper example of prior art coming into play and prevailing; something the USPTO should take notes on.

BL.
Rating: 6 Votes
20 months ago

Watch Pirates of Silicon Valley, it's dramatised but it still shows Apple have a history of being flat out ripped off by other companies and then losing in court when they try and sue over it.


I've always felt sorry for Apple. They do nothing but innovate, never harming a soul, or stepping on anyone's toes, while everyone else in the industry picks over their good works like vultures on a carcass.
Rating: 5 Votes
20 months ago
Apple should just buy Mexico.
Rating: 4 Votes
20 months ago

*ahem*iMac*ahem*






You guys might want to check your iZod (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Izod) shirts...
Rating: 4 Votes
20 months ago
Good. Apple needs to chill. They want world domination over any name that resembles Apple or their products. "Doesn't impact the ability to sell the iPhone or related services in the country", seriously Apple chill, bro!
Rating: 3 Votes
20 months ago

1 billion pesos settlement


or 20 dollars, whichever is greater


right, because if you had any idea of the real value of a mexican peso you would know that 1 billion pesos is a bit more than 80 million US dollars...
Rating: 3 Votes
20 months ago

Cisco had iOS on their hardware as early as 1994. I can't remember if Motorola had anything on mobile phones back then.. If so, they were the huge bricks that required a briefcase..

BL.


I couldn't find a source for 1994. If you have one I'd love to see it. Motorola dates back to 1996. And the phone was not at all a suitcase phone nor HUGE brick.

The i500...

Rating: 3 Votes

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