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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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RE: How can this happen?
By NoSoftwarePatents on 1/10/2007 11:33:29 PM , Rating: 2
HOWEVER, you may not have to necessarily pay Cisco's price for that. Several vendors, Kingston, and Viking, make Cisco-compatible memory that works fine in many switches and routers.

This applies to Flash memory as well.

RE: How can this happen?
By glynor on 1/11/2007 1:40:31 AM , Rating: 2
And you have to buy RAM from Apple?

Last I checked, the RAM for a Mac Pro is run-of-the-mill EEC DDR2 FB-DIMMs, same as you'd use in any dual-xeon workstation. And last I checked, Crucial charges $1269.00 for 4GB of it, so Apple's $1099 isn't too far off the mark.

RE: How can this happen?
By Oregonian2 on 1/11/2007 3:13:15 PM , Rating: 2
I've noticed Crucial to be one of the spendier places to buy memory in the last few years (prior to which they were only slightly-spendy). So I'm not sure that's a good comparison point.

RE: How can this happen?
By glennpratt on 1/11/2007 9:05:21 AM , Rating: 2
That applies to apple as well, so it's a moot point.

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