Apple closer to solution regarding iPhone trademark claim in Brazil

Apple is closer to resolving its trademark fight along with Brazilian telecommunications service company IGB Eletronica. IGB owns the brand Gradiente, which on March 2000 asked the Brazilian Industrial Property Institute (called INPI in Brazil) for exclusive rights to the name iPhone.

At that moment, Apple hasn’t yet come out with its iPhone device, and only the iPod and iTunes were known entities in Brazil.  It took INPI 7 years before they issued IGB the right to trademark the name and that year the G-Gradiente iPhone was unveiled. But now Apple desires the name all to itself. Apple tried to do so in 2007, right around the time INPI had provided exclusivity rights to the name to Gradiente’s smart phone.

As per Brazil’s leading daily, both companies have decided to end the claim over iPhone and come to some sort of “pacific agreement,” the paper claimed on yesterday. Apple has given millions for its exclusive use of the word iPhone during the past and will likely pay IGB too. The Gradiente iPhone operates on Android and not on the Mac operating system for mobile phones.

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