Apple has lost a case in China for the iPhone trademark relating to leather goods, Apple originally filed to use the iPhone trademark in China back in 2002, although it was not approved until 2013.
Another company who makes cases for smartphones filed the trademark for iPhone in China in the leather goods category, this was filed in 2006 and granted to the company, Xintong Tiandi in 2012.
Apple went to court in an attempt to get the company to stop using the iPhone name on their leather goods, but a court in China has ruled against Apple.
This is not the first time this has happened to Apple in China, previously the company ended up paying $60 million to get their hands on the iPad trademark in China.
It is not clear as yet on what will happen now, although we suspect Apple may end up paying the company to stop using the iPhone name on its leather goods in China, how much Apple will end up paying remains to be seen.
Source ReutersFiled Under: Apple iPhone