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Canadian iPhone ruling may not occur for months

updated 09:30 am EDT, Thu April 17, 2008

Canadian iPhone delay

It may be months or even years before Canadians can finally buy a domestic iPhone, the government now says. The major obstacle is the Toronto VoIP company Comwave, which has already used the term "iPhone;" Apple has had to contest the issue through the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, and an initial examiner's report was expected for June 26th. According to a CIPO spokeswoman however, the June date is only a deadline by which Apple and Comwave have to reply to an earlier notification, and either company could ask for an extension that would delay a resolution by four months.

The spokeswoman also notes that technically, the June deadline only relates to putting Apple and Comwave's trademark applications aside, while the primary conflict is discussed separately. Canadian trademark conflicts can in fact take as long as two years to be resolved, so any release of the iPhone prior to that point may likely involve a private settlement.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Propofol

    Joined: Dec 1969



    if this really prevents us from getting the iphone, I'll be mighty pissed. They've gotta be able to find an answer to this!

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Rename it & be done...

    ...lest the lawyers make all the blood money...

  1. imagine engine

    Joined: Dec 1969


    questionable actions

    I question why Comwave would choose the name "iPhone" for their VOIP product? The company would of been aware that Apple has been naming several of their products with the "i" in front of the name (ie: iTunes, iPod, etc) for a long time. Keep in mind that it was also rumored that Apple was working on a cellphone so why take the chance by naming their product iPhone. It seems like they were hoping that Apple would just bend over by giving in to their demands to have Apple buy the trademark with out fighting for it.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    and that... why Apple won't roll over. Just like they didn't for Cisco, and if Cisco finally rolled over, so will Comwave.

    I'd suggest that everyone in Canada boycott Comwave's business.

  1. legacyb4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comwave who?

    my point exactly...

  1. bleee

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPhones in Canada already

    There are TONS of unlocked iPhones in Canada I see them daily... at this point I don't really care if the iPhone comes to Rogers Wireless... because they'll s**** up the data plan anyways. Besides the Rogers Wireless networks is unreliable, SMS's don't arrive on time sometimes they are hours late.

  1. MeandmyMac

    Joined: Dec 1969



    renamed iTV to (Apple Symbol) TV , so why not rename iPhone to (apple Symbol) TV and start the new name lauch with the new 3G ApplePhone in Canada...

  1. shigzeo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    go comwave

    why defend apple here? i want an iphone quite badly but at what cost? another small company rolling over for a large company? in fact another large american company? don't we see too much of this in canada already? rolling over for the big american suits?

    i am glad that a small company has done something that used the 'i' that apple seem to swear is theres which it is not.

    no matter the wait, bloody apple can sit on a tack if they brush off another firm - i am glad the government is upholding this one.

  1. goldenhorse

    Joined: Dec 1969


    down with comwave

    I have been boycotting them for years just because of their obnoxious, abrasive commercials.

    They're not a little guy being trampled by Apple. They're a dubious company to put it politely.

    I hope Apple just settles with them so we never have to think about them ever again.

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