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Apple challenges iPhone trademark ruling

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Apple has challenged a ruling by a Brazilian regulatory body that it does not hold exclusive rights to the term 'iPhone' in the territory.

The Cupertino firm has demanded to see proof that opponent Gradiente made use of the trademark between 2008 and January 2013, Reuters reports.

Gradiente Android-powered iphone Neo One
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Local manufacturer Gradiente has 60 days to comply. The company released the Android-powered 'iphone' Neo One in December last year but it is unclear whether that will be enough to fend off Apple's appeal.

The Brazilian company registered the trademark in 2000 but was not authorised to use it for mobile devices until 2008, one year after Apple's first iPhone was released in the country.

Following the Institute of Industrial Property's ruling in favour of Gradiente, the company has the option to sue Apple for exclusive use of the iPhone brand in the mobile phone sector.

However, Apple has sought out-of-court settlements for disputes of this nature in the past, such as the 2007 deal it cut with Cisco Systems and last year's iPad row with China-based Proview.

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