Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 10th Jan 2007 23:53 UTC, submitted by danB
Legal Cisco has sued Apple over the use of the 'iPhone' brand. "Cisco today announced that it has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against Apple, Inc., seeking to prevent Apple from infringing upon and deliberately copying and using Cisco's registered iPhone trademark."
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They must be prepared for it
by tristan on Thu 11th Jan 2007 00:17 UTC
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This story is also carried by the BBC[1], which points out that Cisco has owned the trademark since 2000, and that Cisco brand Linksys released an internet phone called the iPhone just a couple of weeks ago.

Now anyone who's tried to use the word "pod" in a product knows how fanatical Apple are about their trademarks. There's no possible way that they could have missed this, and yet they went ahead with the launch. This means that

a) They're willing to pay Cisco a lot of money for either ownership or licence of the trademark

b) They're going to fight it in court, most probably by trying to argue all names of the form "iAnything" belong to Apple.

If it's (a), it raises the question of why they didn't do this prior to the announcement, to avoid all this unpleasant publicity.

If it's (b), then that's a very scary prospect indeed.


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