Brazil Court Says Apple Can Use 'IPhone' Mark

Law360, New York (September 25, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT) -- A judge in Brazil ruled Tuesday that Apple Inc. could legally use the trademark “iPhone” in the South American country, overturning domestic electronics company Gradiente Electronica's sole control over the name.

Judge Eduardo de Brito Fernandes ruled that the country's trademark office — formally the Instituto Nacional Da Propriedade Industrial, or INPI — would have to allow both companies to use the name, according to a report by Agence France-Presse.

Gradiente — a subsidary of IGB Eletrônica S.A. — reportedly registered the name with INPI in...
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