Apple’s iPhone loses name battle with Mexico’s iFone


In this Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, file photo, a staff member of Apple Inc. shows the iPhone 5 to customers at the Apple store in Hong Kong. AP FILE PHOTO

MEXICO CITY—A Mexican telecommunications firm named iFone has declared victory in a trademark battle with Apple’s iPhone, exposing the US company to a potential compensation payment.

The Mexican firm said in a statement that a court denied Apple’s bid to protect the iPhone name in a case that began in 2009, when iFone sued the California-based company because the similar-sounding names caused confusion.

Apple introduced the iPhone to the Mexican market in 2007, four years after the Mexican telecom services and systems company says it registered the name iFone.

“It is the third time that Apple loses and this demonstrates the legal truth: iFone is within its full right to use its brand,” the statement said.

The lawyer for iFone, Eduardo Gallart, was quoted as saying in Milenio newspaper on Saturday that Apple will have to compensate the Mexican company for the use of the iPhone name.

An amount has not been decided but Gallart said the law sets a floor rate of 40 percent of the sale price of a service that is found to have violated the rules.

A message to Apple’s media relations office was not returned.

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  • RiverHorse

    potential compensation payment… this will be interesting! how much will apple be made to pay??? ;)

  • im_earth

    another one bite from Apple.

  • Batz61

    Hahahah good… Apple gets a dose of its own greed medicine… congratulations to ifone… ! :)

  • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

    iPawn, wala pa ba?

    • boohoo

      pawnshop ba yan? lol

  • JaAb65

    lol ang ganid kasi!

  • NoWorryBHappy

    Apple started the multi-billion doller lawsuits, first. with its patent wars against
    Google and Android.
    Now, they are reaping its LOSSES.
    It all about GREED. Be careful of what you wish for, you’ll get it.

  • macobex

    Karma’s a b*tch, eh Apple?

  • RyanE

    Quoted from GSMArena:

    “So, not only have Apple lost in Mexico but iFone is now countersuing
    Apple for infringement claiming damages to the amount of 40% of all
    iPhone sales in Mexico to date. Apple will also lose the right to sell
    phones under the iPhone brand in Mexico.”

    It seems that it’s Apple who first sued iFone but Apple lost and iFone is now countersuing. Apple’s penchant for suing its competitors is doing it more harm than good. This only means that Apple is not confident that its product can stand on its own against competitions.

    • Hans Paulo

      Your argument doesn’t make sense. First, this is the first time that Apple lost in a highly publicized battle. Apple made more money winning in court battles that you could imagine! Suing a competitor is not about confidence or if it can stand on its own, it’s more than that… Don’t base your argument in a single incident. It only makes you look more stupid…

      • RyanE

        Try to do more research so that you won’t look very stupid yourself. FYI, Apple also lost its cases against Samsung in UK, Germany and Japan. It only won in its home turf the U.S., but that case is still being appealed by Samsung and there’s a big chance that the decision will be reversed. 

      • chit g

        yeah. i have to agree … apple’s losing its touch. while there is no doubt they pioneered the touch screen revolution, they have not been introducing anything new to the user interface.

        it is all the same thing over and over. worse. their hardware is not that powerful for the long term … which i know they purposely do that to reap more profits

        with the prices that they put out for their products, i will wait till they put out a hardware spec set that suits my preference

        and they are just making a fool of themselves suing everybody android related that should not have been the case to begin with.

      • ern

        I guess you’re a member of the board of iFoul,  yes, iPaul

      • Michel Eldiy

        You might want to read RyanE’s comment again, which he began with “Quoted from GSMArena”. It’s not his argument. You’re barking up the wrong tree.

      • boohoo

        you need to read more lol. as far as i know it only won in the US court because “they need to support US companies” lol

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