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Cisco sues Apple over iPhone name

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Wednesday, January 10, 2007
News Categories: iPhone

Cisco Systems filed suit against Apple today, claiming that the company is using the iPhone name without permission. The suit comes after an apparent licensing deal fell through this week following years of negotiations over the iPhone trademark, which Cisco has owned since 2000.

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

As of yesterday, Cisco said it was confident Apple would agree to its latest terms, noting that it was expecting to receive a signed agreement from Apple. Cisco said the paperwork never arrived, and today filed a lawsuit, asking a U.S. district judge for Northern California to order Apple not to use the iPhone name during this week’s Macworld Expo.

Natalie Kerris, an Apple spokeswoman, dismissed Cisco’s suit. “We think Cisco’s trademark lawsuit is silly,” she said. Several companies already use the name “iPhone” for Voice-over-Internet products, Kerris said. “Apple is the first company to ever use the ‘iPhone’ name for a cell phone. We believe that Cisco’s trademark registration is tenuous at best. If Cisco wants to challenge us on it, we are very confident we would prevail.”

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21

FryPod anyone?

Supersize it, puleeze…have to share with dirk.

Wait a sec…is “supersize” trademarked? Oh boy…gotta be careful these days.

Posted by flatline response on January 12, 2007 at 4:40 PM (PDT)

22

Hence the reason why Apple has sued Cowon for their iAudio branding and iRiver among others. You sir, are an idiot.

Posted by unit on January 15, 2007 at 6:50 AM (PDT)

23

Have to agree with unit’s assessment of charlie O, the apple fan boy. Sorry Charlie, Apple doesn’t own squat and you’ll have to grow up now and deal with it.

I personally hope apple gets their nuts kicked in (financially) for this. Jobs would never put up with anyone doing this to him. Jobs and his arrogance could use good cup of STFU for once.

Posted by yeahright451 on January 15, 2007 at 9:38 AM (PDT)

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