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Analyst: Apple may have to pay for 'iPhone' name in Brazil

12/27, 11:45pm

Gradiente now selling cheap Android handset with 'iPhone' name

Gradiente SA, a company selling an out-of-date and inexpensive Android knockoff of the iPhone with the same brand name has indicated it is willing to deal with Apple if the company wants to license the iPhone name back from them. The company filed for and won the right to the name "iPhone" in Brazil in 2008 and has "exclusive" rights to use the name through 2018, despite the fact that Apple is already selling the iPhone in Brazil.

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iPad knockoff gets Android 2.1, larger LCD

05/03, 7:10pm

1GHz Cortex-A8 CPU now standard

ZeniThink Technologies has created an upgraded version of its iPad knockoff, which now integrates a 10-inch LCD. The device runs Android 2.1, powered by a 1GHz Cortex-A8 processor paired with 512MB of RAM. The specs mark a significant improvement over the seven-inch version, which utilizes a 600MHz CPU and Android 1.6.

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Apple sues company for producing knockoff MagSafe adapters

11/25, 2:00pm

Knockoffs selling for almost half of Apple's price

Apple has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Media Solutions Holdings, a company that has allegedly been producing and distributing knockoff MagSafe power adapters. The Apple patent, No. D478,310, was initially issued in 2003. The defendant sells the AC adapters, including the 60W and 85W variants, on several websites such as laptopsforless.com, ereplacements.com and laptopacadpater.com.

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iPhone nano knockoffs spotted in Thailand

12/26, 4:15pm

iPhone nano clones

Adding to the confusion surrounding the rumors of an iPhone "nano," images have surfaced that suggest the unconfirmed devices have already been replicated by knockoff manufacturers, according to AppleInsider. The fakes are built with a smaller form-factor than the iPhone 3G and even include Apple logos on the back panel. When the devices are turned on, the menu layout is similar to the genuine interface and several icons have been directly copied.

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Apple threatens European iPhone knockoff reseller

05/12, 12:30am

iPhone knockoff threatened

Apple is going after the sellers of at least one iPhone knockoff, delivering a cease & desist to a HiPhone reseller in Europe. Apple Europe's legal counsel Bird & Bird has contacted the seller who sold the HiPhone knockoff on eBay and through his online shop, asking him to destroy the HiPhones currently in his inventory as well as provide a wealth of information related to the manufacturing, distribution, sales, and marketing of the HiPhone. Apple's letter threatens penalties of 25,000€ per HiPhone sold, if the seller does not comply.

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$200 Chinese iPhone-knockoff ships worldwide

12/07, 6:05pm

Chinese iPhone knockoff

A new Chinese iPhone knock-off is being sold on the internet, billed as "High quality copy UNLOCKED IPHONE AV-P688 SIMILAR STYPLE IPOD GSM CELL PHONE WITH MP3 MP4 FUNCTION”. iTech News Net reports that performing a Google search for the device yields several results for sites that are selling the imitation iPhone. While the iPhone features simplistic finger-driven touch functionality, the doppelganger uses four physically movable buttons surrounding the home button to navigate around the device, and reportedly requires a stylus for the screen. The CECT P168 sells for $200.

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