Apple / Mobile Phones

Apple’s iPhone loses name battle with Mexico’s iFone

iFone MexicoA Mexican telecommunications firm named iFone has declared victory in a  trademark battle with Apple’s iPhone, exposing the US company to a potential  compensation payment.

The Mexican firm said in a statement that a court denied Apple’s bid to  protect the iPhone name in a case that began in 2009, when iFone sued the  California-based company because the similar-sounding names caused  confusion.

The tech giant filed an injunction, seeking to stop iFone from using its strikingly similar name, since it could confuse consumers. However, a Mexico City court struck down Apple’s request, effectively denying it the right to use its brand name in a specific class of telecommunication services.

Apple introduced the iPhone to the Mexican market in 2007, four years after  the Mexican telecom services and systems company says it registered the name  iFone.

“It is the third time that Apple loses and this demonstrates the legal truth:  iFone is within its full right to use its brand,” the statement said.

The lawyer for iFone, Eduardo Gallart, was quoted as saying in Milenio newspaper on Saturday that Apple will have to compensate the Mexican  company for the use of the iPhone name.

An amount has not been decided but Gallart said the law sets a floor rate of  40 per cent of the sale price of a service that is found to have violated the  rules.


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