Apple has faced further setbacks in its Asian business, on news that the tech giant has lost a trademark fight in China and been refused permission for a business project in India.
The U.S. tech giant lost a battle to trademark the name "IPHONE" in China, according to a report by the BBC which cited China's official Legal Daily newspaper.
The BBC said Apple first brought a case against Xintong Tiandi, which sells leather goods such as bags and phone cases branded as IPHONE, in 2012 in order to get exclusive rights to the name. At the end of April this year, the Beijing High Court ruled in favour of Xintong Tiandi, according to the BBC report.
A spokesperson for Apple said the company was disappointed with the decision.
"We intend to request a retrial with the Supreme People's Court and will continue to vigorously protect our trademark rights," they said in an email to CNBC. "We work hard to make the best products in the world and want to ensure our customers' experience is not compromised by companies who try to profit from using our brand."