Where Apple has major problems with an earlier mark Ifone in Mexico, Apple received a favorable decision in the European Union in respect of a Portuguese trademark iFone.
The decision itself is actually not very spectacular: the Opponent had not filed a proof of its earlier right. And this is often a hurdle. You have to proof your earlier rights by the means of an official extract or renewal certificate as well as a translation in the official language. Otherwise, the opposition will be rejected.
With the rejection of the opposition the trademark application iPhone of Apple will probably finally be registered, surviving three oppositions!
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