Apple Loses iPhone Trademark Lawsuit
Published on: 4th May 2016
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Apple has lost a trademark lawsuit and will have to share the iPhone brandname in China.
A Beijing court ruled that a handbag and leather goods manufacturer, Xintong Tiandi Technology could continue to use the Iphone brandname that it registered back in 2010 for use on its consumer goods
Although Apple filed its iPhone trademark in 2003, before the leathergoods company, Apple's application was not approved for a decade, until 2013.
Apple first attempted to sue Xintong Tiandi Technology back in 2012 and lost, and has been stuck in legal appeals ever since.
The court ruling says that Apple was unable to prove that it was a well known brand within China prior to Xintong Tiandi filing its own trademark application in 2007.
Two years later, Apple started selling the iPhone in China.
It's not the first time that Apple has had problems with trademarks, as it has had to settle iPhone and iPad trademark disputes in a number of countries, and had to sign a quick license with the Swiss railway after using its iconic clock design in the iOS software.