Brazil company selling Android phones with iPhone brand
In this image provided by Gradient S.A., is seen the company's smartphone with the iPhone brand. A Brazilian consumer electronics manufacturer has begun selling smartphones with the iPhone brand, a trademark it has the right to use in Latin America's biggest country. Gradiente SA says in a statement that in 2008 the government gave it the right to use the brand on its cellphones and the "exclusive rights to produce and sell them in Brazil." (AP Photo/Gradient S.A.)
A Brazilian company has begun selling smartphones with the iPhone brand after winning the legal right to use the name in Latin America's biggest country. Adding insult to Apple Inc.'s injury, the phone runs on the archrival Android operating system.
Gradiente SA says in a statement that in 2008 the government gave it the right to use the brand on its cellphones.
Brazilian trademark office spokeswoman Maratan Marques says Gradiente requested permission to use the brand before Apple did and can use it through 2018.
Brazil Apple spokeswoman Maria Parra Rodriguez says the company has no immediate comment.
Gradiente says on its website it started selling its Android 2.3 phone on Tuesday for 600 reals $300.