A little over a week ago we reported that a Brazilian company by the name of Gradiente had released a smartphone called the iPhone Neo One. It is by all accounts a rather outdated Android handset running on Gingerbread, but given that the company seems to have registered the trademark to the iPhone name way before Apple did, on the surface it would seem that they are within their legal rights to call their phone the iPhone if they wish.
As we mentioned in our previous report, this seemed like an excuse for Apple to take notice and possibly work out some settlement agreement and according to reports, Gradiente is most definitely willing to make a deal with Apple if they wish to license the iPhone name from them. Gradiente has warned that they are willing to “adopt all the measures used by companies around the world to preserve its intellectual property rights”. At the moment Apple has yet to make an official comment on the matter, but hopefully this will be resolved quickly and peacefully.
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