Apples iPhone trademark is being challenged yet again outside the U.S. This time, the battle of the brands has been set in India.
As reported by Patently Apple, an Indian company called iVoice Enterprises has filed a rectification petition with the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) to have Apples iPhone trademark removed from the countrys trademark registry.
Exactly why the name of Apples world-renowned smartphone is being challenged by iVoice is unclear at the moment. But its likely that the Indian company, which deals with intellectual property rights and mobile apps, is playing the i prefix card.
In that case, iVoice doesnt have recent history on its side. Just last June, Apple was absolved in a trademark lawsuit involving its iPhone brand and a Mexican telecommunications companys phonetically identical iFone name.
In accordance with iVoices petition, Apple is required by IPAB to respond with a counter statement no later than November.
Apples latest iPhones, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, were released in India on Oct. 17.