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Tamil Nadu-based company iVoice Enterprise is moving forward with its challenge to Apple’s ‘iPhone’ trademark in India, reports PatentlyApple. The firm has asked the country’s Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) to remove the trademark from their registry.

The initial complaint, known officially as a “rectification petition,” was filed on October 20, and many figured it would be immediately tossed out. However, today it is being reported that the IPAB is taking the trademark issue seriously, and has asked Apple to respond.

PatentlyApple shares part of the decision: “The Appellate Board directed Apple Inc. to file the application for condoning delay and serve the counter statement to the applicant (iVoice Ventures Pvt. Ltd) under intimation to the Registry.” Apple has until November to reply.

Details of the complaint are not yet known—particularly why iVoice feels that Apple’s iPhone trademark is invalid. This wouldn’t be the first time Apple has been called to defend the iPhone mark abroad, as it has faced similar registry challenges in both Mexico and Brazil.

[PatentlyApple]

  • You guys have time to write a whole new article yet no time to reply to your users. What a next level of user engagaement you guys are doing… :/

    • Buzz { Light:Year; }

      Their job is to inform you about things not sit and respond to everyone it’s like going to a restaurant and the waiter eats your food because I mean he has time to ask and bring your food out how come they don’t eat with you.
      Take your ignorance somewhere else.

      • If you’re giving someone knowledge then at least take time to respond them too; you didn’t learn maths by just hearing or reading but also by questioning. That’s all I’m asking…

      • Jason Baroni

        Apply for college, man, seriously. You can have more attention there.

      • Thanks indeed for taking out time to suggest me such a valuable feedback.

      • Jason Baroni

        It is, don’t take it to sarcasm and stuff. I said for good.

      • I didn’t said no sarcasm no nothing I just nodded with your comment… 🙂

      • Jason Baroni

        Yes, no prob. I was just saying, bro 🙂

      • Thanks indeed and wish you a blessed weekend… 🙂

      • I’m not here to defend iDB but just thought I’d point out that a lot of the writers do occasionally respond to comments and they do also live in various different time zones so what might seem like an unreasonable amount of time to respond to comment to you is actually quite reasonable for them since you might have wrote your comment early hours of the morning or late at night in the particular time zone they live in…

      • I totally agree with this fact and I’m sorry that I haven’t considered the time zone difference.

    • Guest

      they dont write this whole article most of the time they just copy and paste from other sites like redmond pie, ect..

      • That’s something new! though I won’t comment on this, but I just want that they should reply to their users on the hot events such as JB and upcoming iPhone events etc. Or they should see the intensity of comments on certain post and reply to that particular post. Users/readers affectionate this gesture.

      • Yes we would appreciate it very much you’re right. But its certainly not their job to do so. They usually reply if you ask them by name, its just hard to keep up and reply to everyone all the time.

      • Thanks for accepting me and yes I replied to Jeff’s reply in hope that he might reply me but sadly he didn’t and I’m not complaining but I’m just frustrated and this situation gets over with time… 🙂

      • John

        Jeff? As in Jeff Benjamin?

        The guy that writes articles, and does the podcast, and has been busy writing the iOS 8 book, and videos, and other various things for this site?

        At what time would he have the opportunity to actually reply to your comment? And you realise this was written by Cody…which isn’t even Jeff.

        If you have such an urgent pressing matter, have you tried to communicate to him via a different channel? One that he might be more responsive too?

      • Yes Jeff Benjamin, and I wasn’t talking about this specific post but rather overall and I replied him in other post not here and I’ll try to reach him by other channels as well. Thanks for your feedback… 🙂

    • riazbapoo

      if you need help. do not seek it in the comments. iDB has a forum for that if I’m not mistaken

      • Thanks for letting me know about that… 🙂

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  • jack

    Third-world shithole

    • AnArcticMonkey

      You sound like a pleasant person to be around

  • nmpraveen

    As a person from India, I feel ashamed. Esp as a person from TN. being said that I never heard about iVoice. i guess its a cellular company.

    • Yash Gorana

      Just patent Trolls lurking around

  • Benjamin J Schwartz

    Only two things matter in this case: first, how old is their claim to the iPhone name. Second, how vigorously have they attempted to defend the trademark since its inception.