Gradiente (aka IGB Eletrônica) is a company that filed a trademark for the iPhone name in Brazil way back in 2000. As of 2012, the company is even selling a smartphone called iPhone – more exactly, “iphone neo one.”
At the same time, Apple is obviously also offering its own iPhones in Brazil. And it cannot sue Gradiente, because the country’s Institute of Industrial Property has recently ruled that both companies can use the iphone name when it comes to mobile devices.
According to BBC, Apple “is pursuing an appeal”, and will try to gain exclusivity on the name. The Cupertino company believes it deserves exclusivity because Gradiente didn’t release any products named iphone until last year. However, it’s hard to believe Apple will win the appeal. Most probably, if it wants exclusivity on the iPhone trademark in Brazil, it will have to buy the rights from Gradiente (it has done the same in the US, where Cisco owned the iPhone trademark long before Apple).
Back to the Gradiente iphone, this is an entry-level handset that runs Android Gingerbread. Its features include dual SIM capabilities, a 3.7 inch display with 480 x 320 pixels, VGA front-facing camera, 5MP rear camera, and MicroSD card support. It costs around $305, and you can check it out here (official webpage).
Via The Verge
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