Frivolous lawsuits are everywhere, and America really seems to hold the title of sue-happy capital of the world. The latest one came from the company Apple as they chose to attack a Mexican communications business by the name of iFone. We all know that one of Apple’s top-selling products is the iPhone, so it makes sense that they’d try to secure their copyright, correct? Well, as it turns out, it was one of the worst moves they could have ever made.
Mexico’s iFone company has actually been using their name since 2003. This is rather awkward for the sue-happy Apple, since they’ve only been selling their product since 2007. Still, they insisted that they could win the suit and so, in 2009, started the legal procedures.
The result was that Apple lost and lost big. They ended up almost losing all their rights to sell iPhones in Mexico, but lucky for them the two names are categorized under different classes so they’ll probably be able to do business as usual. They will, however, be doing business a little worse for wear, since iFone is countersuing them for all the hassle. If iFone wins, it could mean quite a pile of cash for them. They could even end up with a portion of the profits that Apple’s made over the last few years from selling the iPhone.
It’s hard to say whether this is a win or a loss for Mexico in general. Since iFone may be getting a good settlement, there’s the chance for expansion and an increase in jobs in the country. If something goes further awry and Apple isn’t able to sell the iPhone, even for a short period of time, it could be a big pain for many companies in Mexico that rely on sales of the product to keep them going. At the very least, Apple has hopefully learned its lesson about suing over copyrights in Mexico, or at least when they have no grounds.