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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RE: They must be prepared for it
by tomcat on Thu 11th Jan 2007 00:28 UTC in reply to "They must be prepared for it"
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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.

My guess is that it's (a). Although Apple should be very concerned bcause there's no limit to how much Cisco could demand, I think that Apple is going to throw some big money at the problem and try to make it go away. Apple could always argue that it never intended to use "iPhone"; that it was merely a codeword for their product, not the eventual product name, if negotiations with Cisco fall apart. Just a guess.

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