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Apple Inc. defeated over name 'iPhone' in China

Apple have been defeated over the name "iPhone" in China, against Xintong Tiandi Technology, a leather goods firm in the court for using the 'iPhone' on its products.

In year 2010, Xintong Tiandi Tech. registered 'IPHONE' as trademark for leather products while Apple Inc. made a bid for it in 2002 for electronic products - but this was not approved until 2013.

A spokesman for Apple said the company is "disappointed the Beijing Higher People's Court chose to allow Xintong to use the iPhone mark for leather goods when we have prevailed in several other cases against Xintong".

He also explained that the company plans to "request a retrial with the Supreme People's Court" to protect its trademark.

Statement from Apple's spokesperson:
We work hard to make the best products in the world and want to ensure our customers' experience is not compromised by companies who try to profit from using our brand.

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