According to reports
, Brazil's copyright office will prevent Apple from marketing the iPhone trademark in the Latin America country. The Brazilian courts had awarded the trademark to Gradiente Eletronica SA, a local electronics maker who registered the name in 1998, nine years prior to Apple's launch. Owing to some technical difficulties with the announcing media, the Brazilian Institute of Intellectual Property will make the decision public on February 13. Following the announcement, Apple could then challenge the ruling in the courts.