Apple wins lawsuit in Mexico over use of phonetic iPhone name
In November 2012, a court in Mexico City ruled that Apple could not use the iPhone name in the country, because it violated iFone's trademarks. The legal fight went to the Mexican Supreme Court. Apple lost that appeal as well.
Now, the latest ruling means that Apple can still use the iPhone name, even though three of its carrier partners cannot. The easiest way to workaround the ruling would be for the three carriers bound by the decision, to focus on Apple's iconic apple logo which everyone knows. If Apple feels that this ruling might damage sales in the country, it could decide to pay for the iPhone name in Mexico. There is some precedent for that as Apple did pay Chinese company Proview $60 million for the rights to the iPad name in China. The carriers affected by the ruling can appeal to the Federal Court of Fiscal and Administrative Justice.
2. Ashoaib (Posts: 2431; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Apple always take names from others... ifone, ipad, healthkit etc
8. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1242; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
love this looks like the world is getting annoyed with apple and no longer jumping through hoops for them. if they say something about its hurting there sales and money the mexican courts are going to say so go f your self with all your billions .
6. rallyguy (Posts: 577; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
Say what you want, but it was thought of first.
9. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1242; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
in many countries the i in iphone means internet so this means nothing to the world.
5. dougasker (Posts: 4; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
Well Apple has a tract record of taking established names and using them, "iPhone" for example was orogionally used ny Cisco.
12. Droidrapist (Posts: 186; Member since: 28 May 2014)
"Used" by Cisco, instead it was trademarked but NEVER used and later a settlement was reached. Cisco was never to actually USE an actual i-phone and if they ever did it would have been a waste of breath, space, and a name, and the smart phone revolution wouldn't be here.
7. wax33 (Posts: 45; Member since: 06 Apr 2014)
I should trademark vPhone. It's a great name and I'm sure some company will come along and want to use it. They'll have to pay me! >:D
10. -box- (Posts: 3879; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Vodafone might take umbrage with that name.
13. steedsofwar (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)
Apple didn't innovate or invent the name for its most profit grossing product?
14. steedsofwar (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)
They even paid for the ipad name from the Chinese? The irony of that. Murricans bash the Chinese for cloning Apple products. LOL.