iPhone trademark dispute in Brazil close to resolution: report

NDTV Gadgets – Anupam Saxena, 03/12/2013

It looks like Apple is closer to resolving its trademark dispute with Brazil’s IGB Electronica, which has rights to use the iPhone name in Brazil, and even sells a phone by the same name under its Gradiente brand. Forbes cites a report by Folha de Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest newspaper, which claims that both companies have reached some kind of agreement and have decided to temporarily halt the lawsuit over the iPhone trademark.

Apple has previously paid $60 million to Shenzhen Proview Technology to settle a dispute in China over ownership of the iPad name. So it cannot be ruled out that Apple might be working on a similar settlement with IGB.
Apple had filed a challenge with Brazil’s INPI (Institute of Industrial Property) trademark and patent office in a bid to secure the right to sell smartphones with the iPhone name in the giant South American country. In its petition, Apple had argued that Gradiente’s rights had expired because it failed to make use of the trademark in the five years after receiving approval. However, the INPI denied Apple registration of the iPhone trademark. Apple can still sell its smartphones in Brazil with the iPhone name, but Gradiente has the option of suing for exclusivity, the institute had said.

Following this, Apple had also filed a challenge with the Brazilian authority.

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Apple fights for the right to call iPhone an iPhone in Brazil

Nigam Arora – Forbes, 02/15/2013

It is true that you can buy an iPhone running Android and not iOS.  The phone comes unlocked and can be bought for about $300.  The phone features a 700MHz processor, a 5 megapixel rear camera, a 0.3 megapixel front camera, dual SIM support, and a 3.7 inch display.

Of course, Apple is having a fit over an iPhone running Android.  This particular iPhone is not manufactured by Apple but by a company by the name of IGB Eletronica domiciled in Brazil.  IGB was formed after the restructuring of a Brazilian electronics firm Gradiente Eletronica.  Gradiente had applied for exclusive rights to the name iPhone in Brazil in 2000.  Gradiente claims that it had foreseen the revolution of smartphones in 2000 long before Steve Jobs ever dreamed of iPhone.

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Could Foxconn’s factory in Brazil be a model for Apple production?

Jay Greene – CNET, 04/11/2012

At Foxconn’s plants in the the industrial town of Jundiai, Brazil, there haven’t been any explosions.

Employees at the factory, which is ramping up production of Apple iPhones and iPads, never work beyond the 44-hour a week maximum set by Brazilian law. And those workers, when they first start on the factory lines, make twice as much as their Foxconn counterparts in China.

Labor activists point to Foxconn’s record in Brazil to show that it and Apple can make products under lawful conditions while paying workers decent wages when the local environment requires it. And they believe that Apple and Foxconn have been taking advantage of Chinese workers simply because they believe they can get away with it.

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