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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:32 AM   #26
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:32 AM   #27
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Apple deserved to lose... they picked this fight to begin with! The initial cease and desist lawsuit against iFone was a real scumbag move by Apple.

Reminds me of Monster Cable suing every company that used the term "Monster" for anything!

Apple is nothing more than a trademark troll, plain and simple.
Don't know about anyone else but companies sticking and "i" in front of their product/company name leaching off Apples success deserves everything they get.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:32 AM   #28
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What a douche move by Apple.
Sending a cease and desist letter to a company that had the name rights a full 6 years earlier.

Glad to see the courts not fall for this corporate bully crap.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:34 AM   #29
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Yet another dumb ruling. iPhone is "different" than ifone... Duh!!
But is it as cool?
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:35 AM   #30
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This is too funny.

Apple just can't win. Someone there needs to trademark the i prefix in every country so this doesn't happen again.

Why are other companies using the i prefix for any of their products? What does the i even stand for anyway?? Did someone Apple come up with "i-anything" before Apple (other than Cisco IOS, which stands for something else entirely)?

Seriously, anyone know?
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:35 AM   #31
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"These fools"? They registered in 2003, then Apple sued in 2009 and they fought back. It doesn't seemed like they were going at Apple in the first place.
That's what I get for glossing over an article.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:36 AM   #32
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Ha!

Sometimes bringing a lawsuit is just a stupid thing to do. Mea Culpa.

Not much room for confusion with this one, visually anyway. Besides, iFone was first to the party. Would have been better to enter into an agreement with them, back before the iPhone launched, now it's gonna cost (is costing) a bundle.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:36 AM   #33
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:36 AM   #34
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This is too funny.

Apple just can't win. Someone there needs to trademark the i prefix in every country so this doesn't happen again.

Why are other companies using the i prefix for any of their products? What does the i even stand for anyway?? Did someone Apple come up with "i-anything" before Apple (other than Cisco IOS, which stands for something else entirely)?

Seriously, anyone know?
Why should Apple win? This company was using iFone long before the iPhone came around.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:36 AM   #35
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the iFone trade name was registered in Mexico in 2003, some four years before Apple did so.
Well "duh" Apple.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:38 AM   #36
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Don't know about anyone else but companies sticking and "i" in front of their product/company name leaching off Apples success deserves everything they get.
Apples success of iProducts in 2003? What was there, only like an iMac or something. iPhone didn't come out until 2007. How is this leaching off Apple's success? Please stop trying to defend corporate companies when they are in the wrong.

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Sometimes bringing a lawsuit is just a stupid thing to do. Mea Culpa.

Not much room for confusion with this one, visually anyway. Besides, iFone was first to the party. Would have been better to enter into an agreement with them, back before the iPhone launched, now it's gonna cost (is costing) a bundle.
Apple did this with IOS and Cisco. Cisco had IOS for their router operating system for a long time, and then Apple licensed the name or bought it. They should have attempted the same thing here instead of trying to sue them to stop being a company...
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:41 AM   #37
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This is too funny.

Apple just can't win. Someone there needs to trademark the i prefix in every country so this doesn't happen again.

Why are other companies using the i prefix for any of their products? What does the i even stand for anyway?? Did someone Apple come up with "i-anything" before Apple (other than Cisco IOS, which stands for something else entirely)?

Seriously, anyone know?
I don't think prefixes should be trademark-able. Microsoft could trademark x-, Apple i-, etc.

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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:42 AM   #38
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Enough with the lawsuits already.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:44 AM   #39
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Apple is nothing more than a trademark troll, plain and simple.
nothing more?
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:44 AM   #40
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Apples success of iProducts in 2003? What was there, only like an iMac or something. iPhone didn't come out until 2007. How is this leaching off Apple's success? Please stop trying to defend corporate companies when they are in the wrong.
Yeah, and the iMac was ****, eh?
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:44 AM   #41
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Apple trying to take something thats not theirs......shocking
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:46 AM   #42
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LMFAO, Apple tried to ****** over this business and they got bit. I hope iFone now sues them for a billion dollars.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:47 AM   #43
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:47 AM   #44
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This is a far better decision than Apple forcing this company (which predates the iPhone by at least three years) to go through a costly rebranding process.

Regardless, based on their website, "i Fone", doesn't compete with Apple on any level, so I'd expect that they can both negotiate a reasonable settlement.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:49 AM   #45
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Pull out of Mexico, Apple. Take the moral high ground. That is what Steve would have done!
Abandon modern medicine...that's what Steve would have done
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:49 AM   #46
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Sorry, but Apple started this fight. My sympathy is zero.

Apple should know to leave well enough alone. They are mind-blowingly successful, yet they keep acting like douchebags with the lawsuits.

Get over it, Apple. Concentrate on making great products, that's all you need to succeed. Stop picking on smaller companies.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:49 AM   #47
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Apple deserved to lose... they picked this fight to begin with! The initial cease and desist lawsuit against iFone was a real scumbag move by Apple.

Reminds me of Monster Cable suing every company that used the term "Monster" for anything!

Apple is nothing more than a trademark troll, plain and simple.
No, it isn't simple as that. First, Apple does have products and they do sell them, so they're not a troll.

Secondly, in some countries including USA, if Apple does not fight to protect its trademark, they forfeit their trademark automatically. Apple fought in Mexico to protect its original "iPhone" trademark. 'iFone' is now counter-suing Apple because "iPhone" sounds similar to their 'iFone' trademark.

Apple simply preemptively sued iFone because they knew iFone will eventually sue (they're required to or they'll lose against Apple automatically).
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:50 AM   #48
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Yeah, and the iMac was ****, eh?
I didn't even say that, eh? All I said is that is the only iProduct I can remember from 2003 is the iMac. Isn't this a telecommunication company? If so, what does an iMac have to do with an iFone in 2003 or now? Apple has no rights in Mexico to sue this company that clearly came out before any mention of iPhone came out. If the company knew Apple was making something called iPhone, maybe they would have something. They didn't, and Apple is not in the right in this case.

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No, it isn't simple as that. First, Apple does have products and they do sell them, so they're not a troll.

Secondly, in some countries including USA, if Apple does not fight to protect its trademark, they forfeit their trademark automatically. Apple fought in Mexico to protect its original "iPhone" trademark. 'iFone' is now counter-suing Apple because "iPhone" sounds similar to their 'iFone' trademark.

Apple simply preemptively sued iFone because they knew iFone will eventually sue (they're required to or they'll lose against Apple automatically).
Why?
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:51 AM   #49
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Don't know about anyone else but companies sticking and "i" in front of their product/company name leaching off Apples success deserves everything they get.
It was registered in 2003, when Apple wasn't that popular. And since when did Apple also own the letter i? No other company can use i in its name?
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