Gradiente, is a Brazilian consumer electronics company based in Manaus, and with offices in São Paulo.
The company designs and markets many product lines, including video , audio, home theater, high end acoustics, office and mobile stereo, wireless, mobile/smart phones, and tablets for the Brazilian market. The company was founded in 1964.
In 1996 they founded Playtronic, a fully owned subsidiary who licensed the manufacturing of Nintendo consoles in Brazil,and while publishing games for various systems they also provided Portuguese translations of some games (among them, South Park and Shadow Man for the Nintendo 64).
However, they stopped the partnership with Nintendo in 2003 because of the high price of the dollar at the time.
South American company Gradiente announced the launch of the family of smartphones "iphone". Yes, the same name that Apple uses for its phones.
Brazilian IGB Electronics, which owns the Gradiente brand, declares that it registered the brand "iphone" (the letter P - lowercase, unlike the "iPhone" (User Manuals PDF & Schematics page)) in the National Institute of Intellectual Property in 2008. All this time this name was not used for IGB products, because "the company was focused on its own reorganization, which ended this year."
In its statement, IGB does not mention Apple, but says that it "has exclusive rights to use this name in the country."
The device itself is a regular Android smartphone with a diagonal of 3.7 inches and a resolution of 320x480 pixels, a 700 MHz processor, a camera of 5 MP, and of course, a mode with two SIM cards, without it. The cost of this kind is approximately equal to nine thousand rubles.
Representatives of Apple have so far refused to comment on this matter, but Gradiente is so confident that it uses an icon of the registered trademark gradiente iphone® in advertising.
Recall that Apple introduced its first iPhone in 2007 - a year before the date specified in the application IGB registration rights to this name.
Above you can find some Gradiente Mobile User Manuals PDF.