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Apple loses iPhone name battle against iFone in Mexico

The Mexican IT solutions company registered for its trade name in 2003

Apple has reportedly lost its legal battle over the iPhone's name in Mexico.

iFone, a Mexican IT solutions company, registered its trade name in 2003, four years before Apple introduced its first iPhone. This has lead to a Mexico City court denying Apple's bid to sell its smartphone with the iPhone brand name in the country.

It is not yet known whether Apple will be forced to pay a fee to iFone in order to sell iPhones with that trade name, or whether iFone will demand that a complete sales ban on Apple's smartphone is put in place.

Fox News Latino reports that this is the third time Apple has lost against iFone in court. Apple filed a complaint about the company in 2009 over the use of the name, but this backfired, causing iFone to file a countersuit against Apple.

The iPhone has been sold in Mexico since it was introduced in 2007, and the iPhone 5 was set to launch in the country today.

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