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 smashIt on Thu 11th Jan 2007 00:37 UTC in reply to "They must be prepared for it"
smashIt
Member since:
2005-07-06

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

the only problem is that ciscos iPhone-brand dates back 2 years before the first iMac
If someone copied the "i-Brand" it's apple

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atsureki Member since:
2006-03-12

the only problem is that ciscos iPhone-brand dates back 2 years before the first iMac
If someone copied the "i-Brand" it's apple


Stop, reverse.

Cisco trademark is 2000, first iMac is 1998 (iMovie is 1999, iPod and iTunes are 2001, iPhoto 2002 -- thanks, Wikipedia) and Cisco's iPhone came out a few months ago, tops, so Apple could easily make a strong case that iThings are their brand.

Still, it doesn't look great for Apple. From Steve Jobs's own mouth, the iPhone had been in development for two and a half years, not seven, and Cisco got their allegedly intelligent phone out the door first.

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smashIt Member since:
2005-07-06

infogear registered "iPhone" in 1996
cisco bought infogear in 2000
linksys announced their first iPhone in late 2005 when they teamed up with skype
the first iMac was released in 1998 (thats 2 years after 1996 ;) )

don't believe everything you find on wikipedia. most of the time it tells only half the truce

Edited 2007-01-11 03:36

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alcibiades Member since:
2005-10-12

Does it matter who did what when? Surely the issue is, has Apple actually tried to prohibit others using the expression iXXX on their products since 1998? If not, its going to be very difficult to argue that i-anything is an Apple trademark. Of course, if they have registered and enforced particular instances like 'iBook', 'iTune' those will be different.

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brewmastre Member since:
2006-08-01

"Stop, reverse.

Cisco trademark is 2000, first iMac is 1998 (iMovie is 1999, iPod and iTunes are 2001, iPhoto 2002 -- thanks, Wikipedia) and Cisco's iPhone came out a few months ago, tops, so Apple could easily make a strong case that iThings are their brand."

Actually Infogear introduced the iPhone in 1997 and Cisco bought them out in 2000 acquiring the TM.

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