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Apple and Cisco resume negotiations over iPhone name

In a joint statement from Apple and Cisco, the companies said today that negotiations over the iPhone trademark had resumed, and that legal proceedings will be delayed until Apple can respond to Cisco’s lawsuit. “Apple and Cisco have agreed to extend the time for Apple to respond to the lawsuit to allow for discussions between the companies with the aim of reaching agreement on trademark rights and interoperability,” the brief statement reads. As previously reported, Cisco, which claims to own the iPhone trademark, sued Apple last month for calling its new mobile phone the iPhone. Apple and Cisco had reportedly been in licensing talks, but Apple had ended them without reaching an agreement. Apple recently called Cisco’s lawsuit “silly.”

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I wonder if this isn’t just a publicity stunt for both companies.  Maybe they have had an agreement all along.  I can’t imagine Apple would dedicate funds to a product and use a trademarked name like iPhone.  If they are that stupid, then they need a new legal department.  If this settles in the last minute before a trial begins, then we’ll know if it’s bogus.

Posted by smilindano on February 1, 2007 at 11:53 AM (CST)


I’m a huge believer in Apple, but I would hate to think that Apple would be so arrogant to think they could buy / infringe / workaround the iPhone moniker without trouble and with ease.

Posted by Chris G on February 1, 2007 at 5:07 PM (CST)

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