A patent office spokesman says the decision published Wednesday doesnt forbid Apple from using the name in Brazil. It only makes it clear the rights belong to the Brazilian company. To stop Apples use of the brand name, Gradiente would have to take it to court, or reach a settlement.
Gradiente had filed its request to use the iPhone brand in 2000. That right was granted in 2008, and the company started making iphones with a lowercase p in December.