Apple picked a fight in Mexico with a company that registered the name “iFone” in Mexico four years before Apple, and lost. The company behind the iFone trademark tried to block Apple from selling products with the name “iPhone”, but as of right now, Apple will still be able to use the name. FOR NOW.
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.
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.
A Mexican court cited the earlier trade name registration in refusing Apple’s request, and the Mexican firm later countersued for damages, which could amount to 40 percent of iPhone sales revenue in Mexico. iFone’s countersuit also sought to block Apple from selling the iPhone under its current name in Mexico.
iFone is a telecommunications company selling communications systems and services, including interfaces for IP-based telephone calls, virtual office services, and software for switching systems. It counts Microsoft Maxcom, Axtel, and Avay among its clients.
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