Apple Loses Rights To ‘iPhone’ Trademark in Mexico

Electronista reports Apple has lost the trademark rights to use the iPhone brand name in Mexico, after a court denied Apple injunction request on the grounds that the iPhone brand is to phonetically similar to iFone, which was registered by a Mexican company in 2003, four years before the iPhone was launched.

Electronista reports:

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.

El Universal reports that the iFone trade name was registered in Mexico in 2003, some four years before Apple did so. Nonetheless, Apple sought unsuccessfully to gain sole control over the brand in the year after the iPhone first launched in Mexico.

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iFone – a Mexican telecommunications company selling communications systems and services countersued Apple for damages and is seeking 40 percent of iPhone sales revenue in Mexico. It has also requested the court to ban the sale of iPhone under its current name in Mexico.

It remains to be seen if Apple can appeal the ruling in a higher court or if Apple will reach a settlement with iFone to continue using the iPhone brand name in Mexico.

 [via Electronista]

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  • El Locco

    Hahahahha owned by Mexicans!

  • Hmmm?

    Jeeez. They sued a company who has legal rights to the trademark 4 years even before the announcement of the iPhone and possibly even before the rumors started. I have to say this is ridiculous. They sue companies with similar logo/names who are not even in competition with them and then trademark common terms and now suing someone who owned the trademark. Did they at least try to buy or license the trademark from iFone?

    • iPhone 4

      And the kicker is that iFone sounds nothing like iPhone in Spanish.

  • Que

    Lol. This is actually funny.

  • bcsc

    AWESOME!

  • Rick

    About time Apple get screw!!!

  • Kiwiholden

    Opening statements by apple, we’re bigger and better than you and we want the name more. So there