According to Electronista Apple has lost rights to sell iPhone trademark devices in Mexico. Today in court trial the Maxican court denied Apple injunction request on the grounds that the iPhone brand is to phonetically similar to iFone. The iFone is Maxican Telecom firm and iFone trademark was registered back in 2003 four years before the iPhone was launched and the firm has sued Apple for damages valued at up to 40% of iPhone sales revenue.
A court in Mexico City handed down a ruling last Thursday denying Apple’s injunction request on the grounds that the iPhone brand is too phonetically similar to iFone, a brand belonging to a Mexican company that registered its name four years prior to Apple’s filing for the iPhone brand mark. The decision stems from a legal action that Apple initially filed in 2009 requesting that the company cease using the iFone brand in order to head off the possibility of consumer confusion.