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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Or, it's all planned by Apple and Cisco. Big hooplah, they settle, both companies get a lot of free advertising.

Mmm, black helicopters...

Given that this news has negatively affected Apple's share price (which anyone could have predicted), I think such action would probably be illegal. Not that Steve Jobs seems to care much about the legalities of share dealing, of course.

Also, it's not like Apple need any more publicity for this thing: it was on the front of national newspapers here today, for goodness' sake. And this doesn't exactly make them look good.

Having thought about it, I think it's most likely that they expected to be sued, and will try to use the court case to extract some reasonable licensing terms out of Cisco. I don't know enough about US trademark law though to know whether a judge can force such a thing however.

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Did you actually check the stock price?

Up around 15% since the iPhone announcement. Down less than 1% since the announcement that Cisco was suing.
The stock has been hardly affected at all by this news.

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