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Apple loses a lawsuit in China: iPhone will be also a brand for leather wallets

Apple lost the appeal in the Beijing Municipal Court against Xintong Tiandi Technology, a Chinese company that in 2007 registered its line of leather products with the name IPHONE (all in capital letters). Apple, landed in the local smartphone market only in 2009, had recorded back in 2002 the name iPhone, obtaining property right on the brand only in 2013. According to the judges of first instance, the Cupertino company had not been able to prove that iPhone was known in China before 2007. The sentence has been affected also by the circumstance that the registration of the leather products had taken place in 2007, the arrival of the Apple smartphone in 2009© May 05 2016

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