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FEB 14, 2013 - Time

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Brazilian Company Has Patent on ‘iPhone’ Brand

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s patent authority has taken a bite out of Apple with an announcement Wednesday that the iPhone name in Brazil belongs to a local company called Gradiente SA, not to the global computer giant. The official publication of the verdict doesn’t forbid Apple from using the name in Brazil. It only makes it clear the rights belong to the Brazilian company, said Marcelo Chimento, spokesman with the national patent office. Stopping misuse of the name is beyond the patent office’s purview, and would have to be decided in court. Another option is for ... Read More

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