Apple loses 'iPhone' trademark reportedly in Brazil

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Only one i in “iPhone”, and does not belong to Apple in Brazil, according to a reported failure by regulators marks the country.
The Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) of Brazil told the BBC that, in contrast, has granted exclusive rights to the name of the gradient Eletronica, ironically a Android-handset maker.
Gradiente Eletronica had registered the new iPhone in 2000, well ahead of the first iteration of Apple’s smartphone in 2007.
Apple has begun to appeal the decision, the INPI told the BBC, saying that Gradient had not used the name until December 2012. Gradiente Eletronica now has the right to sue Apple for using the iPhone trademark on phones in Brazil.
Worse, the Brazilian company launched an “iPhone” smartphone itself last December and runs rival mobile operating system, Android.
On top of infringement ry, “An iPhone Neo” miserable gradient has some specifications: a single-core processor of 700MHz, a 5MP camera, and outdated operating system Android Gingerbread.
Its low-resolution 3.7-inch 320×480 pixel screen is far from a retina display, and the phone has a 2GB storage inside scarce. Not much of a consolation prize, you can still use Apple “iPhone” on products, plus phones. The California company holds exclusive rights to the name in clothing, software, and through publications.
The good news for Apple is that it seems as if the executives remain degraded loved iPhone Neo charged in case the company decides to call.
“We are open to dialogue for anything, anytime,” said Emilio Eugenio Staub, president of Gradient IGB parent company, told Bloomberg this month.
“We are not radicals.”
Staub said Apple had not come to the company from the February 5 reviews.
TechRadar become degraded Electronics and Apple for comment on the matter, both companies did not respond to requests from the media today.
Depending on how the appeal process goes Apple, however, can have a gradient payday Cisco style in their hands.
via TechRadar

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