Brazilian regulators rule that the iPhone is an Android handset in the country
0. phoneArena 13 Feb 2013, 13:59 posted on
You probably know the story by now, Apple does not own the iPhone trademark in Brazil and the name has been used on an Android phone by Gradiente and even though the the company registered the name in 2000, it wasn't until 2012 that the company produced a phone by the name which was Apple's defense; Brazilian regulators have awarded the iphone name to Gradiente in the country...
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1. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
The world can now adapt the same idea, and call ALL iPhones "Androids!"
19. ZeroCide (Posts: 770; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
In most circles they already are.
Person 1 - "Oh thats a nice iphone you have."
Person 2 - " No is my GS3. It runs Android"
Person 1 - " Yea im going to get an iphone like that on my next upgrade."
I've acually heard this.
21. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
HAHAHAHA I totally believe that! I'll sometimes have a customer not know what an iPhone even looks like, and when they see my Razr Maxx, they ask "oh is that an iPhone you have?" I keep my heart's explosion to a minimum and calmly say "no...this is a Motorola. iPhones are made by Apple. I have an Android." They then ask, "oh...well how come you don't have an iPhone." My answer? "Because I don't like it and I want a real smartphone. The iPhone can't do even half of what my phone does." From there, I plug my phone into the tv and show them Mirror-mode. MWAHAHAAAAAAAA
Bunch of idiots. All of the commercials, word-of-mouth, and magazines get stuck in their head, so they think the iPhone is some universal smartphone that every single human being has.
26. hepresearch (unregistered)
Story of my life... I have had to sit by and watch for months and years now as some people in town who have Android devices get asked that by basically all the others... and then listen when they get excoriated for not having a "real iPhone." I use a Nokia N75 expressly for the purpose of preventing random folks from walking up and asking me, "Is that one of those new iPhones?" It's a flip phone... they'll never ask me that ever, and I don't care that they look at me like I'm talking on a piece of garbage. They don't need to know, and I like what I have right now perfectly well already.
38. JC557 (Posts: 1321; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
A carry over of the iPod days when every MP3 player somehow became an iPod or "wannabe" despite the other brand being better in sound quality, features, storage price and battery life.
25. ph00ny (Posts: 1197; Member since: 26 May 2011)
When i got my international note more than an year ago, i used to have people come up to me and ask if it was the new ipad
35. Just_a_boy (Posts: 183; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
That happened to my brother he was walking in a mall and a girl came closer to us and she asked: "where you bought your iPad mini?"
NOTE: His phone is a Galaxy Note II
37. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
That reminds me of when my sister called my Nexus 7 an "iPad." I jumped her sh*t so badly lol
36. imsickwithsmartphone (Posts: 153; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Apple only can win in America.....
2. Derekjeter (Posts: 813; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
I would license the name for no less than 25% of revenue. That's what dictators get. Sooner or later they all come down. That phone is probably better than the iPhone. Get it.?
8. Whateverman (Posts: 3251; Member since: 17 May 2009)
If I were Gradiente's CEO, I would license the name to Apple as well. I'm sure they make a quality product, but they would probably make a nice chuck of change from a deal with Apple. Also, what happens if this phone is a big hit, will they expand to other markets? And how can they do that when they can't use the iPhone name anywhere else? Idk, just sounds like Gradiente should rethink this one.
29. cretinick (Posts: 148; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)
This phone is a piece of crap that Gradiente launched only to claim the name rights. It is their first smartphone launch, and the first phone in the last 10 years. It is a low budget chinese project with the Gradiente brand... You can't even find it to buy in the stores!
3. Just_a_boy (Posts: 183; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I know which kind of agreement Gradiente wants: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
So lame! as a brazillian i feel ashamed that a local OEM play dirty to make cash.
32. cretinick (Posts: 148; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)
I don't. They have the name's right. And they registered it before Apple start to think in make phones.
Apple sues companies for rectangles with round corners... That is a dirty game! And they don't even create that shape for phones. Many other phones have that shape before Apple launch the first iPhone.
33. Just_a_boy (Posts: 183; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Gradiente only launched this phone to do not lose the trademark, so they can make tons of money suing Apple (they deserve that) to rise the company.
4. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)
Ouch.... That has seriously gotta hurt Apple's psyche. "You cant sell an iPhone here because we have that name trademarked. And its on an ANDROID Phone!" Ay Dos Mio!
20. ZeroCide (Posts: 770; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
It would be funny if they got the trademark for Galaxy and sold the iphone in brazil as a Galaxy phone.
5. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
So by Apple's logic all the Patents that got awarded based on Sketches to Apple with no Prototypes should be null and void isn't it? Or it' just a SHAMELESS display of Double Standards?
9. jroc74 (Posts: 5996; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
The word hyprocrisy should just show the Apple logo in the dictionary...
6. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
Finally some good news! Apple u lost this one
27. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
Samsung should hire the lawyers of BRASIL
10. jroc74 (Posts: 5996; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Oh yea...karma... I wouldnt want to be in her bad side..
11. ilia1986 (unregistered)
The first victory out of many. Soon iPhone will be an android phone all over the world.
13. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3614; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
An iPhone powered by Gingerbread. This ought to be famous and sell millions.
14. Cannabis (Posts: 22; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)
Apple uses patents on things they never even built, just old blue prints and concepts and now someone uses their strategy in the court against them and they're upset? Taste of your own medicine much?
15. nikenturd (unregistered)
Considering how.corrupt Brazil is...... thay are open for 'negotiations' to reverse the decision lol
16. CreeDiddy (Posts: 619; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
What a joke. That company looks like a scammed, buy my product website.
The only thing the company holds is the iPhone name. Their phones look like China's finest....
I wish Apple would place a 500 million dollars on their doorstep with a string attached to have them fetch after a dream....
28. nikenturd (unregistered)
At least they have a valid reason to ban Apple .... but geez, owning an exclusive right to a geometric shape an colors? what do you call that?
17. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
"We're open to a dialogue for anything, anytime... we're not radicals."
In other words, show us the money!! greatest troll company ever :D Apple deserves it.
18. amiaq (Posts: 509; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
Apple just remind me of every other hypocrite in this world
22. Mark.J.Linskiy (unregistered)
"Apple's argument was that Gradiente did not produce a handset until 2012." Oh, just like a bunch of things you patent before doing anything towards the product? Fair argument... *Sarcasm*
23. lyndon420 (Posts: 3984; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
At least it doesn't look like an iphone.
24. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
I'm sorry... this is just too funny...
31. D_Tech-tive (Posts: 104; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)
Taste of their own medicine...sweet!
Karma is a bitch... huh Apple! LMAO