Feb 13 Brazil's copyright regulator on Wednesday
stripped Apple Inc of the right to use its iPhone
trademark in that country, the Wall Street Journal reported on
its website on Wednesday.
The agency that oversees patents in Brazil said Gradiente
Electronica SA, a Brazilian consumer electronics maker, already
owned the rights to the iPhone name, according to the report.
Apple will be able to challenge the ruling in the Brazilian
Earlier this month, sources told Reuters that the regulator,
the Brazilian Institute of Intellectual Property, was likely to
make the decision that Apple did not have the rights to the
Gradiente Electronica registered the "iphone" name in 2000,
seven years before Apple launched its popular smartphone.
A spokesperson for Apple in the United States was not
immediately available to comment.