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iPhone faces European trademark issues

updated 10:15 am EDT, Mon August 13, 2007

European iPhone trademarks

One of the reasons no European plans have been announced for the iPhone is because of trademark issues, say anonymous sources. While Cisco settled its worldwide dispute with Apple in February, there are two Spanish companies which have may cause for dispute: AudioDescripciones has registered the name "IPH IPhone," while Catalan De Telecomunicacions Societat Operadora De Xarxes has "Al-Pi Iphone." In the United Kingdom, the VoIP company ICX Europe has applied for the name as well.

Apple originally filed for an "IPHONE" trademark in 2002, but is now said to be filing five new trademark claims in the UK, one of them through a shell company called Ocean Telecom, which is connected via the same lawfirm. The applications also extend well beyond the realm of phones, covering items such as "vehicles," "paints, varnishes, lacquers," and "audio cassette recorders and players." Although Apple is said to be expecting impending resistance, it is also rumored that it still anticipates releasing the iPhone to Europe in October.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Double_UK

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If these Spanish firms have the same name registered, why don't they sue eacht other first? And then the English one. Sounds like they all want a piece of the (settlement-)pie with Apple.

  1. Geobunny

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I don't care

    So, rename it then. I don't care what it's called over here, I just want one now damnit! They could call it the EuPhone for all I care, just get it out. EuPhone, iPhone, we all phone for EuPhone!

  1. J-winzo

    Joined: Dec 1969


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  1. Roehlstation

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No they don't

    They will only face trademark issues if they launch the product in Europe. Seriously guys the sensationalizing of the headlines really need to be put in check. Should look at perhaps, "iPhone faces potential trademark issues in Europe."

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