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We were only just talking about the awkwardly worded press statement by Cisco Systems about the iPhone brand and its possible offer to Apple. It seems like that conversation (or offer) did not go anywhere, and now Cisco is suing Apple for infringing on its brand […]

We were only just talking about the awkwardly worded press statement by Cisco Systems about the iPhone brand and its possible offer to Apple. It seems like that conversation (or offer) did not go anywhere, and now Cisco is suing Apple for infringing on its brand name. Cisco lawyers weigh in on the issue as well.

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

“Today’s iPhone is not tomorrow’s iPhone. The potential for convergence of the home phone, cell phone, work phone and PC is limitless, which is why it is so important for us to protect our brand,” Chandler concluded.

Add this lawsuit to the list of all the questions, troubles and doubts about the Apple Phone that have cropped up in last 24 hours. I am trying to put it all together, but frankly even I am getting the iPhone fatigue.

Meanwhile guys, any name suggestions for Apple and their “phone?”

Hat tip: Cisco news team for leaving the comment, and giving us an early heads up.

  1. What about simply iPod?

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  2. What was Steve Jobs thinking? He can just sweet talk the Networking Giant into giving up the iPhone name so easily?

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  3. Yeah, I heard that Apple is working on a new robot… I will be called the iRobot. The estate of Isaac Asimov is getting ramped up to sue…

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  4. How about the iDon’tGiveACrapAboutCopyrights?

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  5. Why not Apple Phone? Worked for the Apple TV..

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  6. iPod Communicator?

    I really didn’t like the name iPhone to begin with. (I though MacBook Pro was a pretty choice also.) It’s so much more then just a phone or a smart phone for that matter. Further, the phone features are its weakest features IMHO. Hearing that they didn’t have permission and that Cisco is (rightfully) suing just blows my mind. What were they thinking?

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  7. Why not just call it the Apple phone? Apple is calling the iTV the Apple tv.

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  8. iArrogance?

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  9. In some other forums, some believe Apple could win this because they are soooo associated with the letter “i”. Trademark law turns in many different ways. Wasn’t your first thought when Cisco introduced iPhone, or saw the announcement headline, Apple?

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