Local Firm Wins Its Case To Get The iPhone Banned In Mexico

Local Firm Wins Its Case To Get The iPhone Banned In Mexico

The iPhone could soon be banned in Mexico.

Apple has lost its battle to secure the ‘iPhone’ name in Mexico and may have to cease selling its device under a court injunction. The Cupertino company attempted to secure the name in 2009, and wanted a local company to cease using the name ‘iFone’ under the grounds that it sounded too similar.

Unfortunately for Apple, the iFone name was secured four years prior to the launch of its smartphone, and the Mexican firm has won its bid to get the device banned.

Apple sometimes uses its might and its deep pockets to prevent smaller companies from doing things it doesn’t like, but it doesn’t always win.

Two years after it launched the iPhone, it went after a Mexican company called iFone, which sells communications systems and services, and demanded that it ceased using its current as it sounded too similar to that of its iOS device.

However, the Mexican firm had already secured its trademark way back in 2003, and so it countersued Apple for damages — which could amount to a whopping 40% of Apple’s iPhone sales in Mexico. It also demanded that an injunction was placed on the iPhone to prevent it from being sold under its current name in the country.

This week, iFone won its case.

Apple will now have to stop selling the iPhone in Mexico, unless it can come to an arrangement with iFone, which probably isn’t going to be cheap considering the firm’s previous demands. Apple’s likely to appeal the case, but for now, the ruling stands.

  • Whodakat

    Mexico? Who freaking cares. This is more of a punishment for the Mexican people then it is for Apple.

  • Gadget

    iCartel

  • p8blr

    If I was in Mexico I’d be more pissed at iFone than Apple.

  • Rowanova

    Apple obviously doesn’t like it, and as seen here, some fanboy types won’t like it, but iFone was in business for several years before the Apple iPhone product was even released. And (probably) a couple years before it was even conceived. Common sense, Apple is in the wrong here. Like the article says, Apple likes using its clout and cash to get its way. It seems not this time.

    No matter where this stuff happens, it is the consumers who pay for all this corporate and governmental crap.

  • Designkai

    Apple obviously doesn’t like it, and as seen here, some fanboy types won’t like it, but iFone was in business for several years before the Apple iPhone product was even released. And (probably) a couple years before it was even conceived. Common sense, Apple is in the wrong here.

    But who started the iEverything fad and when? The iMac name was a marketing concept from Apple, which was meaningless past the iMac (other than brand recognition), yet because of the iPod everyone decided their businesses needed an i. As far as I’m concerned this company is as bad as a domain squatter.

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