Apple Loses 'iPhone' Trademark to iFone in Mexico

Posted November 2, 2012 at 5:28pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 22349 views

Apple has lost an injunction bid that would have allowed the company to continue selling iPhone branded devices in Mexico, reports Electronista.

A court in Mexico City handed down a ruling last Thursday denying Apple's injunction request on the grounds that the iPhone brand is too phonetically similar to iFone, a brand belonging to a Mexican company that registered its name four years prior to Apple's filing for the iPhone brand mark. The decision stems from a legal action that Apple initially filed in 2009 requesting that the company cease using the iFone brand in order to head off the possibility of consumer confusion.

The iFone trademark was registered in 2003 and the firm has sued Apple for damages valued at up to 40% of iPhone sales revenue. iFone also wants Apple to stop selling the iPhone under its current name in Mexico.

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Norup58 - November 5, 2012 at 7:31pm
I agree with the other commentators saying Apple is 'out of line'. I'm all for whatever corporation protecting their brand, however, all within reason. I mean, by Apple's logic the Pope should sue Apple for using the 'apple'.
you - November 4, 2012 at 8:28pm
finally someone hits apple back where it hurts, apple sued them and got an entire bucket load of s$%t hit them back through the fan
Carla - November 4, 2012 at 4:14pm
they got it three years prior...abusssing with the revenue..YES! Smart asses got it first don't insult them when you couldn't do it DAh!
Josh - November 4, 2012 at 4:31pm
I'm not Mexican, but I know that "fone" can be translated to "phone" in some languages. Calm down and go outside
John - November 4, 2012 at 5:06pm
You don't write "phocking" like this, you write "fucking" with an " F ", of course it makes sense to spell it iFone. It's English that's phonetically incorrect and not written they way it's pronounced, idiot!
fuckaudi - November 4, 2012 at 12:52am
Hey Audi chupa di@k
Audi RS8 - November 3, 2012 at 11:17pm
fuck off Audi, chinga tu M...... fucking asshole u motha fucker pice of crap....
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