Reuters: Apple to lose the rights to the iPhone name in Brazil
a Chinese official said that a company in the country named Proview had the rights to the iPad name in China. It seems that when Apple signed a deal with Proview for the use of the name, it had only signed an agreement with the Taiwan subsidiary of the company. After a long and strange legal fight that even invaded the U.S. courts, Apple paid $60 million for the iPad name for mainland China.
1. 9thWonderful (Posts: 232; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)
welp, looks like its time to pay up Apple...you have the cash so should be no sweat.
11. imsickwithsmartphone (Posts: 153; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
of course they will pay
they have a LOOOOTT OF CASSSSSSSSH!!!
25. ZeroCide (Posts: 707; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
They can't afford that, they need all their spare cash to sue people..... you crazy!!!
2. speckledapple (Posts: 886; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
Here is the thing though, why is there a court battle involving the use of the name? Apple surely cannot hope to win a case where the opposing council clearly put forth their trademark before Apple. This should have been a settlement case from the start where Apple just pays the company for use of the name. They must love court battles jeez.
9. -box- (Posts: 3944; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Track record. Cisco had a telecommunications phone called the iPhone way before apple. IPad was unoriginal. I think even itunes wasn't theirs. Imac and ipod perhaps. iDiotic IMHO.
3. cripton805 (Posts: 1127; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Funny how Apple will sue when their patents or copyrights get stolen, and they fight when they think they didnt steal it when its blatantly obvious they did.
8. gallitoking (Posts: 4700; Member since: 17 May 2011)
henry ford may have invented the car.. but try using the original Ford vs todays BMW's....just because it came first doesn't mean is better... the Apple iphone is better than the original Gradiente iphone... good luck marketing that ugly thing
10. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Ugly but useful - it's running Android. iPhone is useless by comparison.
12. gallitoking (Posts: 4700; Member since: 17 May 2011)
not the latest Android version.. so most likely it lags..
17. ilia1986 (unregistered)
it only lags if you overburden it. The iphone will also lag if you jailbreak it and install tweaks which turn it to a semi-smartphone.
15. roscuthiii (Posts: 1887; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Just so you know, Henry Ford did not invent the car. What Ford did was streamline the production process to mass produce vehicles, making them more affordable.
Also, I've had a BMW and they're nothing special. It was breaking down and in the shop all the time. Oddly enough, I now have an older Ford, which is actually providing a much more pleasant driving experience.
18. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Erm.. I'm not a fan of BMW, but the last part of your comment sounds a lil bit biased. It's a well-know fact that BMW is better than Ford.
21. alouden (Posts: 257; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
The point is not whether Gradiente's phone is better or worse. The point is Gradiente clearly has the rights to the name IPHONE.
13. Whateverman (Posts: 3235; Member since: 17 May 2009)
An Android device called the "IPHONE"... That just feels wrong!
19. Aeires (unregistered)
What would happen if Gradiente Eletronica SA started exporting this phone to other countries?
20. SuperNexus (Posts: 123; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
I don't know why Apple launch its phone using iPhone name when they know that Gradiente Eletronica SA is already using iPhone name since 2000.
There is no way Gradiente Eletronica SA going to lose the case.
I don't know what Apple was thinking.
23. hepresearch (unregistered)
HAHA... ha... sheeeeesh! Get that regulator over at the Brazilian Institute of Intellectual Property a wheel barrow... so he can cart his freakin' juevos around! ROFL!