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It may not be as sexy, but this iPhone was here first
Apple iPhone = iPWNED?

Everyone knew this move had to be coming. While Apple may have popularized the little "i" with products like iMac, iBook, iPod, iTunes and iLife, the iPhone name has already been taken. Cisco has owned the trademark for iPhone since 2000 when it was purchased from Infogear. Infogear originally filed for the trademark in 1996 (well before Apple jumped into the "i" business). Cisco just recently ushered the name into service with a new line of VoIP devices marketed by Cisco's Linksys division.

Although Apple and Cisco have been in talks for quite some time over the iPhone name, no agreement was ever reached. Nevertheless, Apple boldly decided yesterday to announce the iPhone at MacWorld. Cisco isn't too happy about the move and has filed a lawsuit against Apple, Inc.

"Cisco entered into negotiations with Apple in good faith after Apple repeatedly asked permission to use Cisco's iPhone name," said Mark Chandler, senior vice president and general counsel for Cisco. "There is no doubt that Apple's new phone is very exciting, but they should not be using our trademark without our permission."

Cisco isn't going down without a fight on this one and it intends to fully protect its line of iPhone products. "Today's iPhone is not tomorrow's iPhone. The potential for convergence of the home phone, cell phone, work phone and PC is limitless, which is why it is so important for us to protect our brand," said Chandler.

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Sour grapes and little else..
By ChipDude on 1/10/2007 8:34:48 PM , Rating: -1
This is CISCO once the proud important company with a bit of sour grapes if I say so.

Sounds like negotiations went south, probably CISCO looking to extort Apple. I can't think of one application where CISCO has some huge need for iPHONE. Like another poster said.. Apple can leave it to CISCO.

iFONE or 10 other permutations...

It really is CISCO showing sour grapes

RE: Sour grapes and little else..
By cochy on 1/10/2007 8:38:02 PM , Rating: 2
iFone won't work. If it sounds alike a company can sue over it. I think Google was involved in a similar law suit. I can't remember off the top of my hand but there was another website with a similar sounding name, something like Moogle and it went to court.

By Brainonska511 on 1/10/2007 8:40:40 PM , Rating: 3
RE: Sour grapes and little else..
By Anosh on 1/10/2007 8:45:04 PM , Rating: 2
For a company that provides VoIP network equipment Cisco would be interested in providing hand held devices that can utilize the equipment.

Naming it iPhone would make it international and easy to remember.

Also perhaps it's just me.. but iFone doesn't look as good as iPhone.

RE: Sour grapes and little else..
By Natfly on 1/10/2007 9:41:37 PM , Rating: 5
Please.....Cisco trying to extort Apple? Cisco has had this trademark since before Apple even began to use the 'i' moniker. Apple was lucky to even have been able to have talks with Cisco, and somehow they blew it.

And its not like Cisco is simply sitting on the trademark trying to make a buck (unlike many of intellectual property suits), they actually have a product under the name.

Apple went ahead and announced their phone without having secured the iPhone name, which was a huge mistake. Apple may have been pressured to announce the phone during CES, instead of waiting until who-knows-when just to secure the name.

RE: Sour grapes and little else..
By Hare on 1/11/2007 6:34:02 AM , Rating: 2
Please.....Cisco trying to extort Apple? Cisco has had this trademark since before Apple even began to use the 'i' moniker.

Not true. Apple had iMacs etc in the nineties.

RE: Sour grapes and little else..
By Brandon Hill on 1/11/2007 6:45:33 AM , Rating: 2
The iPhone name was commissioned in '96 by another company. Cisco bought the trademark.

By Oregonian2 on 1/11/2007 3:15:36 PM , Rating: 2
Or more precisely bought the company that owned the trademark. :-)

RE: Sour grapes and little else..
By Hare on 1/12/2007 4:51:04 PM , Rating: 2
True. However the previous poster claimed that "Cisco has had this trademark since before Apple even began to use the 'i' moniker."

I just thought I'd correct that.

RE: Sour grapes and little else..
By MustaineC on 1/11/2007 8:31:45 PM , Rating: 2
It really is you showing Apple is stuck high up your butt.

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