iVoice Ventures Consolidates “iFon” Trademark Battle Against Apple Inc’s “iPhone” in India

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iVoice Ventures Private Limited, an Indian sub-continent based technology firm specializing in IPR, Mobile, Apps & IoT ecosystem, escalates legal battle by contesting all pending/registered “iPhone” trademarks through opposition and rectification/cancellation legal avenues, challenging any proprietary claim by Apple Inc. in India.

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Apple’s original opposition to 'iFon' trademark caused insurmountable challenges and irrevocable losses in ramping our business during 2008/2009. - Mr. V. P. Balaji, iVoice Managing Director

iVoice Ventures Private Limited (“iVoice”), a technology firm dealing with IPR, Mobile, Apps & IoT, based in Erode, Tamil Nadu, had earlier filed a rectification/cancellation petition (Application# ORA/103/2013/TM/DEL) with Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) in India, challenging the veracity of “iPhone” trademark belonging to Apple Inc., USA (“Apple”). Subsequent to IPAB orders on October 30 & November 20, 2014, condoning Apple’s counter statement filing delay, Apple complied with ruling by paying relevant late fees and iVoice duly filed its rejoinder on 6 February, 2015.

Further, iVoice has expanded the IPR dispute by opposing Apple’s pending Trademark applications, viz., TM#s 1491583 (Case# Opposition – 822952) & 1590485 (Case# Opposition – 827437) with Indian Trademark Registry (TMR).

According to iVoice Managing Director, Mr. V. P. Balaji: “Apple’s original opposition to 'iFon' trademark caused insurmountable challenges and irrevocable losses in ramping our business during 2008/2009. Given the rejuvenated Indian economy, we’re on our way to revamp our business model and one key metric to regain investor confidence is to secure unencumbered rights to our 'iFon' intellectual property in India. As of February 2015, we’ve challenged all of Apple’s registered/pending 'iPhone' trademarks before IPAB and TMR in India.”

iVoice Operations Director, Mr. Venkateshwaran Vaiyapuri further added: “We’ve filed one more rectification/cancellation petition against Apple’s registered Trademark number 1634050 'iPhone with Apple Logo' to cement and consolidate our IPR battle. With this final petition, we’ve challenged Apple’s attempt for potential proprietary claim for 'iPhone' in India and such would convey a strong message to Apple that we’re very serious in protecting our intellectual property rights.”

IPAB/TMR is expected to conduct a hearing to review relevant merits and make a ruling in the coming months on aforementioned TM opposition & rectification cases.

Shri. S. Suresh Kumar, Managing Partner of Unimarks Legal Solutions, a boutique IPR law firm at Chennai, India, is representing iVoice Ventures Private Limited, in this matter against Apple Inc.

For further information:
Venkateshwaran Vaiyapuri
iVoice Ventures Private Limited
venky (at) ivoicevc (dot) com

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