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iPhone Loses iFone Case In Mexico. Faces Sales Ban & 40% Of Sales

Eric McBride
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Well here’s a strange one: The famous Apple iPhone has lost a court battle in Mexico against iFone. Yes you’re reading that right. At silly as it sounds, this could actually end up being quite a serious, and expensive loss for Apple, as the Mexican telecommunications company “iFone” has successfully proved (for the 3rd time) in court that they licensed the name 4 years before Apple did.

I’m going to resist the urge to point and laugh here, or at least I’m going to try. To make a long story short, a Mexican court has ruled that the name “iPhone” name is too close to the name of the Mexican telecommunications company "iFone", who registered the name “iFone” back in 2003.

Apple attempted to secure the name back in 2009, and wanted the Mexican company to change the name due to similarities to “iPhone” (obviously). iFone then countersued for damages, which could end up totaling 40% of all iPhone’s sold in Mexico. iFone is also demanding an injunction on the iPhone to keep it but being sold, which apparently didn’t stop Apple from recently launching the iPhone 5 in Mexico.

Apple does hold some trademarks in Mexico for the iPhone name, but as the ruling currently stands, Apple has a bit of a problem on its hands. Apple can naturally (and may be forced) to reach a settlement with iFone (as they had to previously do with the iPad name in China), but have declined to comment what course of action will be taken next.

What does this have to do with Android? Nothing. Why is it on this blog? Because I find it funny. I like seeing instances where Apple’s bullying backfires on them, and it’s nice to know that Apple isn’t the only company that can win court battles that can amount to huge amounts of money in damages.

That being said, I’m sure Apple will have no problem going into their massively overfilled bank account to settle this issue once and for all.

Picture credits - Apple press photo, edited by myself

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  • hugh finnerty Nov 6, 2012 Link

    love my android phone but apple is the king of laptops.... best of both worlds.........h

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  • Patrick R. Nov 7, 2012 Link

    neener neener iphone loser!!! Lol

    Seriously though, a lot of companies do that. Pre register an international brand and hope and pray they come to local shores to sue their ass off for infringement. Seems like it's not the case in this one though as they pre dated the iPhone by a couple of years.

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  • CJ Brown Nov 13, 2012 Link

    Its not that iPhone is losing, its that their bully tactics are not good for business (seriously? look @ the numbers & outside of the United States, there are less Apple iPhones being sold compared to Android Smart Phones - & I'm sure lower prices + 4G service + larger screens didn't hurt either) ....


    iFone has been around for so long they were partnered with Western Union & Banca Pro Mex until Walmart opened in Mexico ...


    You'd think APPLE would learn by now that it would be cheaper (& better business) for them to just pay some sort of fee to offer "iPhone" products in Mexico .....


    C J

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