The Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) has actually dealt with the disagreement in between Apple and Mexican telecommunications firm iFone over the rights to the phonetic name “iPhone”, acquitting Apple of any kind of misdeed, reports El Universal [Google Translate]
The IMPI found that the “iPhone” trademark can simply be borrowed by iFone’s fellow telecom business.
Considering that Apple is an equipment business and does not own a wireless network, it is not technically borrowing the trademark.
Rather, the IMPI will certainly fine Mexican telecoms business Telcel, Iusacell and Movistar and need them to remove “iPhone” marketing and branding from its establishments within 15 days. Apple will still be enabled to sell apples iphone, however.
Apple has actually been battling this case considering that 2009, losing the court case in November 2012 and afterwards shedding an allure in March 2013.