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Apple Reportedly Loses Trademark Appeal in Mexico over iFone Name

Posted Nov 5, 2012 11:21 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Apple has reportedly lost a trademark appeal in Mexico after contesting a telecom’s right to use the name iFone.

The appeals court found iFone is the only company that can use the “iPhone” and “iFone” brands in Mexico, the Register reports, relying on a report by Spanish language newspaper El Universal.

Apple had sued in 2009, spurring a finding that iFone had registered its name in 2003, four years ahead of Apple. After the Apple loss, iFone filed a countersuit, winning at the trial level and in the appeal last week, the Register says.

The lawyer for iFone told El Universal that the company will be entitled to damages.

Fox News Latino has coverage of the lower court ruling.

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