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The Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) in Brazil stated that it has given the name selected rights to Gradient Eletronica, ironically an Android handset manufacturer.
Gradient Eletronica had used the iPhone name in the 2000, ahead of Apple first edition of the smart phone in 2007.
iphone 5 white deals has already started to appeal against the verdict, the INPI reported to the BBC, alleging that Gradiente had not utilized the name until December 2012.
Gradient Eletronica now owns the right to take legal action against the Cupertino based mobile phone maker for utilizing the iPhone trademark on phones in the Brazilian marketplace.
Worse, the Brazilian firm released an iPhone smartphone in December 2012, & it is running on Android.
It comes with a single core 700MHz central processing unit, a 5 MP snapper, & the outdated Android Gingerbread operating system.
Its low resolution 3.7inch touchscreen at 320 x 480 pixels is far from a Retina display, & the smartphone comes with a poor 2 GB of memory space in the handset.
It is not much of a consolation prize, but the Cupertino based manufacturer can still utilize iPhone on widgets apart from handsets. But the Brazilian company is open to a dialogue for anything, anytime. It could get an impressive amount by negotiating with Apple. In China as well, Proview secured $60 million to settle the iPad row with Apple.