Apple Loses Appeal in 'iPhone' Naming Rights Case in Mexico

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    Apple has lost an appeal over its use of the 'iPhone' trademark in Mexico, reports The Wall Street Journal. The case has been going on for some time, but does not appear to impact Apple's ability to sell the iPhone and related services in the country.
    This is not the first time that Apple has run into trademark issues with its products. Previous court cases in Brazil and China have ended in settlements.

    Article Link: Apple Loses Appeal in 'iPhone' Naming Rights Case in Mexico
     
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    On one hand Apple started the whole 'i' thing; but iFone was started in 2003 here.....so Apple is technically wrong and should have lost this case.
     
  3. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020

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    Yet another settlement case for Apple. Man, I wish I had thought of iPhone or iFone or something similar.
     
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  5. iGrip macrumors 68000

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    With Apple's crackerjack legal team, The Hits Just Keep on Coming!!!
     
  6. bradl macrumors 68040

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    *ahem*Cisco*ahem* ;)

    This would be a proper example of prior art coming into play and prevailing; something the USPTO should take notes on.

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  7. tekboi macrumors 6502a

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    Another trademark issue with Apple.... shocker.
     
  8. The Mad Hatter macrumors 6502

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    *ahem*iMac*ahem*
     
  9. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Good. Apple needs to chill. They want world domination over any name that resembles Apple or their products. "Doesn't impact the ability to sell the iPhone or related services in the country", seriously Apple chill, bro!
     
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    The pronunciation is effectively the same though.
     
  11. samcraig macrumors P6

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    Motorola had a series of phones with the preface "i" back in the early 90s

    Before Cisco.
     
  12. bambamyi macrumors newbie

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    Apple needs slap on the face and this feels good...

    Apple deserves a hard slap on the face. I am saying this because they messed up big time since Steve passed away. I used to love apple products...

    Apple... what goes around will eventually comes around... stop chasing other companies with patent BS because it will come back to you as well.
     
  13. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

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    So... you can trademark a letter of the alphabet now? Only 25 left folks, better hurry! :eek:
     
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    1 billion pesos settlement


    or 20 dollars, whichever is greater
     
  15. Tankmaze macrumors 68000

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    chasing patent with android is probably what happen with windows in the past (steve showed bill the lisa). they don't want it to happen again, but it seems android really do take off and history repeat itself.
     
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    I guess I should trademark the fYou before Facebook does!
    (Not directed at you, just following the silliness!)
     
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    Cisco had iOS on their hardware as early as 1994. I can't remember if Motorola had anything on mobile phones back then.. If so, they were the huge bricks that required a briefcase..

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  19. samcraig macrumors P6

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    I couldn't find a source for 1994. If you have one I'd love to see it. Motorola dates back to 1996. And the phone was not at all a suitcase phone nor HUGE brick.

    The i500...

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  20. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020

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    The fact that it's spelled "iFone" and not "Ifone" is clearly an Apple influence, probably from the iPod which was getting popular at that time.

    It's not any worse than a lot of other brands though, including iHome products, which are even sold at Apple Stores.
     
  21. JayCee842 macrumors 6502a

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    What in Gods name is that? It's so ugly
     
  22. Sedrick macrumors 68030

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    You guys might want to check your iZod shirts...
     
  23. Sol macrumors 68000

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    This could be an opportunity for Apple to try some new names. Personally, I hope they go for el Macco.
     
  24. samcraig macrumors P6

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    Sorry - did you join the cell phone universe with the iPhone?

    The i500 - while not pretty by today's standards was a kickass phone in its day. And certainly the "look" most phones had.

    :rolleyes:
     

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