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Analysts see iPhone suit settled fast; Apple changing phone’s name?

Some financial analysts and legal experts believe Cisco’s lawsuit over the iPhone trademark won’t stop Apple from using the name, noting that the case will likely be settled long before the June ship date. At least one analyst, however, believes Apple will change the device’s name to “Apple Phone.”

“We expect an amicable resolution,” Prudential Securities analyst Inder Singh said. “The most likely outcome, in our opinion, is for Cisco to be a net recipient of financial payment from Apple for use of the name.” Apple “has until May to sort this out and then ramp up marketing, so there is time,” said Gene Munster, an analyst with Piper Jaffray.

Citing sources close to the iPhone situation, Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research said he expects Apple to change the name of the iPhone to “Apple Phone” in time for the product’s release in June. Of note, Apple this week renamed its previously codenamed iTV living room device the “Apple TV.”

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For the record, Apple didn’t “rename” the iTV.  iTV was a working codename that Jobs himself even said would “probably change.”  It was never really named iTV in the first place, so it was not renamed.

But it is weird that it doesn’t follow the convention of all of the other “i” products.

Posted by Mike on January 12, 2007 at 3:12 PM (CST)


Why not iPhod?

Posted by Sebby on January 12, 2007 at 5:32 PM (CST)


Charlie, you do realize Cisco owns the trademark don’t you? And just because they have a few products that start with a lower-case “i” doesn’t give them any so called “God-given” right to anything.

Posted by Adam on January 12, 2007 at 8:09 PM (CST)


I don’t think it even matters if Apple changes the name: everyone will still call their product the iPhone. It was called that before it was even known to exist, it was called that at its launch, and we’ll all still call it the same.

Posted by Railrider on January 12, 2007 at 9:49 PM (CST)


I would guess it’s Apple TV because one of the main commercial broadcasters in the UK is ITV. Having been around since the 50s it would be hard for Apple to challenge their right to the name!

Posted by Ben on January 13, 2007 at 8:37 AM (CST)


Adam: You are a fool. Apple DOES HAVE a “God-given” right as I said before. Cisco is powerless (and brainless), just like you.

Posted by Charlie O. on January 13, 2007 at 4:11 PM (CST)


Calm down, Charlie. So Apple has eight apps, one computer, one camera and their iPod line using the lowercase i at the beginning.

I don’t really think god specifically told them they could use the lowercase i either.

Unless your god of choice is Steve Jobs.

Posted by Sam L. on January 13, 2007 at 6:35 PM (CST)


Charlie, calm down.

Posted by God on January 13, 2007 at 10:48 PM (CST)


I think someone missed nap time :)

Posted by Adam on January 14, 2007 at 3:36 PM (CST)


I’m sorry if I offended anybody. I’m really peaceful by nature.

Posted by Charlie O. on January 17, 2007 at 10:11 PM (CST)


Posted by God.  Very funny!!!

Posted by Jason H. on January 19, 2007 at 4:24 PM (CST)

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