A local company that registered the name in 2000 will be granted the trademark.
Gradiente Eletronica SA, a Brazilian consumer electronics maker, registered the name, "iphone" (with no caps), seven years before Apple introduced the phone.
The Institute will officially announce the decision on February 13th, say the sources. Apple will then be free to appeal, which they most certainly will.
Gradiente, which is now IGB Electronica, recently released their own line of Android phones, dubbed the "iphone."
Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 5 Feb 2013 19:15