Apple has lost its iPhone trademark in Brazil, a new report claims.
The BBC is reporting today, citing conversations with employees in the country's regulatory body, the Institute of Industry Property (INPI), that Gradiente Eletronica's registration for the name in 2000 has been validated. Apple, therefore, has no right to use the iPhone name in Brazil.
The INPI confirmed to the BBC, however, that Apple is planning to appeal the ruling.
The INPI ruling comes a little over a week after reports out of the country said that the regulatory body was planning to award the exclusive iPhone trademark to Gradiente.… Read more