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Breaking News: Cisco Sues apple over iPhone 'name'

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#1 maash


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Posted 10 January 2007 - 23:21

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Cisco Systems Inc. said Wednesday it is suing Apple Inc. in federal court over Apple's use of Cisco's registered iPhone trademark for its new handheld device.

Cisco has owned the trademark on the name "iPhone" since 2000, when it acquired InfoGear Technology Corp., which originally registered the name.

And three weeks ago, Cisco's Linksys division put the trademark to use, releasing an Internet-enabled phone called "iPhone" that uses the increasingly popular Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP.

On Tuesday, Apple unveiled the iPhone, its "game-changing" touch- screen-controlled cell phone device that plays music, surfs the Web and delivers voicemail and e-mail.

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

Cisco is seeking injunctive relief to prevent Apple from copying Cisco's iPhone trademark.

"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," Chandler added.


#2 saxondale.


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Posted 10 January 2007 - 23:22

Pretty sure everyone saw this happening, and im pretty sure Apple knew this and were ready for it.

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 23:24

I think this might set the record for the quickest Product Launch / Lawsuit turnaround time yet!

#4 FlibbyFlobby


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Posted 10 January 2007 - 23:25

If this swung Apple's way I think it would show a large amount of bias. Sure they have the whole iBrand thing going on, but they failed to protect their name, they know the score, they should be forced to change it to be honest. Wonder if they're gonna sue Linksys for their iPhone too?

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 23:25

They are not late heh... 1 day after the official announcement :p

#6 Jacky L.

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 23:25

It is obvious they would do so, but wasnt there an ongoing agreement that they were signing a truce? guess that didnt work out. Smart play Cisco/Linksys

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 23:26

LOL go cisco! Well I knew this happening.

#8 Lee G.

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 23:27

Surprise, surprise.

#9 MrCobra


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Posted 10 January 2007 - 23:28

You can bet that is someone used one of thier trademarks (and it's happened) that Apple would be all sue happy to stop it. I for one hope Apple looses this.

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 23:29

Yeah, I'm actually surprised apple didn't manage to buy it off them... but hey, Apple getting sued is cool with me. :p

#11 goji


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Posted 10 January 2007 - 23:30

I wonder what product names have not been registered yet so I can protect them and make a living suing companies :cool:

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 23:30

I thought Engadget reported that Cisco and Apple were in talks.

#13 vetRob


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Posted 10 January 2007 - 23:32

If their side of the story is true, and that Apple weren't receptive to communications relating to the licensing of the trademark, then Cisco is clearly right to defend their claim.

It'll be settled out-of-court no doubt.

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 23:32

So much for 'Cisco Offers to License 'iPhone' Name to Apple' :pinch:

Edited by Slimy, 10 January 2007 - 23:33.

#15 ljames28



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Posted 10 January 2007 - 23:34

Haha! Someone trademark "Apple phone" quick :p Then they'll be screwed! They'll have to call it an Apple 3310 or something then :p