Judge Allows Chinese Company to Use “iPhone” Name for Handbags and Purses
The Chinese can now legally purchase IPHONE handbags, purses, and passport cases, as the Beijing Municipal High People’s Court ruled that Apple doesn’t hold exclusive rights over the name “iPhone.”
The trademark dispute between Apple and a local company called Xintong Tiandi Technology (Beijing) Co. was started in 2012, when the Cupertino-based technology giant started legal action to gain exclusive rights over the name iPhone.
Xintong Tiandi registered the brand IPHONE in China in 2007, the same year when it started selling leather products in the country, including handbags, passport cases, wallets, and purses.
Apple, on the other hand, registered the same name for computer software and hardware five years before that, so the company wanted exclusive rights over the name to continue selling the iPhone without letting the Chinese firm capitalize on the popularity of its device.
“We want to work together with Apple to expand the IPHONE brand”