Apple in a “iFon” dispute

iVoice Enterprise, the Indian Based intellectual Property licensing firm has filed four cases against the pending rights relating to the iPhone brand. The company apparently had plans to manufacture affordable smart phones under the ‘iFon’ brand name.

Earlier, iVoice Enterprise had filed a rectification petition with the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) in Chennai to remove Apple’s trademark on iPhone from the Indian Trademark Registry. The company recently challenged all of Apple’s registered or pending ‘iPhone’ trademarks before the IP Appellate Board and the Trademark Registry in India in February, demanding that the Cupertino may not be allowed to use these in India.

As per the report, iVoice has issued a press statement informing that it is expanding its IPR lawsuit, opposing Apple’s pending Trademark applications including one for ‘iPhone with Apple Logo.’

iVoice managing director, VP Balaji, said “Apple’s original opposition to ‘iFon’ trademark caused unattainable challenges and permanent losses in ramping our business during 2008/2009.

iVoice Operations Director, Venkateshwaran Vaiyapuri added, “We’ve filed one more rectification/cancellation petition against Apple’s registered Trademark number 1634050 ‘iPhone with Apple Logo’ to cement and consolidate our IPR battle. With this final petition, we’ve challenged Apple’s attempt for potential proprietary claim for ‘iPhone’ in India and such would convey a strong message to Apple that we’re very serious in protecting our intellectual property rights.”

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