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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: Better Name
By TimberJon on 1/11/2007 11:09:03 AM , Rating: 0
Why does it have to have a damn i in front of it?

Apple probably knew Cisco was going to try to drag out the talks so that they could quickly gear their production and red-alert their engineering staff to try to crank out some kind of all-in-one iphone within their own product lines.

Its possible that Steve Jobs either

1) knew they were going to try that.

2) Didnt care and knew that Apple would rake in the profits anyways and court would probably take a few years to resolve. or

3) Looked over all the legal nuances and rammifications with lawyers and attorneys beforehand, and is smug in his knowledge that something is wrong with the Cisco patents or some other chink in the chain that Apple plans on exploiting legally.

I kind of hope its 3, because cisco doesnt make all that great of gear nowadays.. and certainly doesnt have a single revolutionary product.

Show me a Wireless USB dongle that has a built-in wifi finder.


RE: Better Name
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 1/11/2007 1:46:11 PM , Rating: 3
Let me remind you that 85% of the Internet runs on CISCO equipment. They are second to NONE in the Global market for high end routing and networking solutions. Also in enterprise VoIP Solutions they are also second to NONE.

I would argue that Apple makes squat compared to Cisco.


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