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  1. Blow to Apple: Chinese court rules local company can use iPhone name

Blow to Apple: Chinese court rules local company can use iPhone name

Apple Inc. has lost a legal fight with a Chinese company that a Beijing court says is allowed to use the iPhone name on its products.

By: | Beijing | Published: May 4, 2016 12:25 PM
 Apple Inc, Apple Inc News, Apple Inc China An official legal newspaper says the Beijing Municipal Higher People’s Court ruled Apple failed to prove iPhone was well-known in China before the local company applied for a trademark with that name in 2007. (Reuters)

Apple Inc. has lost a legal fight with a Chinese company that a Beijing court says is allowed to use the iPhone name on its products.

An official legal newspaper says the Beijing Municipal Higher People’s Court ruled Apple failed to prove iPhone was well-known in China before the local company applied for a trademark with that name in 2007.

The Legal Daily said the ruling issued in late April allows Xintong Tiandi Technology to keep using the iPhone brand. The company sells handbags, mobile phone cases and other leather goods with that name

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