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Apple's ongoing efforts to offer its über-popular iPhone to 1.3 billion Chinese has hit yet another snag - and this time the snagger is a Beijing-based graphics tablet manufacturer who happens to own the trademark on the term "i-phone." Computerworld reported on Wednesday that Hanwang Technology, which sells its products under …

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iI iLove iiMania.

Hopefully Apple will have to give them a few million. iI iDo iHate iThe iShite.

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Is it a phone or a computer?

"Apple, however, submitted its trademark application to cover only computer hardware and software. Hanwang's trademark applies to mobile phones and video phones."

Apple will probably try to argue that the iPhone is a not a mobile phone, but is a handheld computer which includes the functionality to place and receive phone calls. You might be inclined to agree after seeing the price tag. And after all, it's a circuit board with a processor, memory, storage, and input/output. Isn't that what a computer is? The lines between device types have become increasingly blurry as the years progress and the devices gain more features.

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Just rebrand. It's only one country...

and make it something that slaps the face of the offending company..... the iWang maybe?

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