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I asked earlier if anyone knew how Apple was using the iPhone name when it belongs to Cisco and their VOIP handset. Then I pointed to a ZDNet post that made it sound as if Apple and Cisco were working things out. Then just 12 minutes […]

I asked earlier if anyone knew how Apple was using the iPhone name when it belongs to Cisco and their VOIP handset. Then I pointed to a ZDNet post that made it sound as if Apple and Cisco were working things out. Then just 12 minutes ago, this came up on Yahoo:
Cisco Sues Apple Over User of iPhone Name

Uh, oh. Cisco’s statement makes it sound an awful lot like they’re not willing to budge for Apple on this one. What do you think? I think I hope it’s not called iPhone when it launches in June…

EDIT: Per Weldon’s comment, the Cisco News Release

  1. Will it be the (Apple-symbol)Phone then?

    Here’s the link to the Cisco press release…

    http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2007/corp_011007.html

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  2. I wondered the same thing Weldon. Starting a new trend with the Name could work. Much better than the over-done ‘i’ names.

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  3. COMMENT FROM CISCO – Intellectual property is the lifeblood of Silicon Valley and we all have to protect our property. The iPhone trademark is owned by Cisco, as noted in your story. We had hoped to reach an agreement to share our trademark with Apple, yet they decided to use the name without our agreement, so we, unfortunately, are having to go to court to stop them from using the name. This is not about money. We still hope we can reach an agreement, but when your neighbor steals your property, you have no recourse other than to call the cops and file a complaint. Full Cisco statement at: http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2007/corp_011007.html

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  4. it’s a shame for a company like cisco to sue apple for just a name.
    we are not talking about patents here.
    It is just a name(4-5 words).

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  5. John –
    Thanks so much for the comments. I fully agree and understand your position. Being that I dig both companies (as a Cisco Engineer and a crazy Apple fan) it’d be nice to see both work things out amicably. I also hope that Apple gives up the ghost and renames their iPhone, as the i-names are beyond old.

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  6. I bet Steve Jobs is thinking iAmInDeepShit.

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  7. No he isn’t. He is letting people get used to the phone being an iPod. I think they knew this would happen all along. The price they will pay for attorney’s to fight this will be worth its weight in gold in free publicity. Then after all the media keeps reporting it between now and June, they will say, “OK, call it the Apple Phone.”

    But in all the time between then and now, we hear about the iphone every week (or more)

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  8. [...] Link: Cisco sues Apple over use of iPhone name (Vía The Apple Blog) [...]

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  9. For more flavor on this suit and why, please view our SVP and General Counsel Mark Chandler’s blog at: http://blogs.cisco.com/news/2007/01/update_on_ciscos_iphone_tradem.html

    He states, in part, “this is not a suit against Apple’s innovation, their modern design, or their cool phone. It is not a suit about money or royalties. This is a suit about trademark infringement.”

    Comment by John Earnhardt – January 10, 2007 at 8:24 pm

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  10. Grant (divigation) Wednesday, January 10, 2007

    I love the idea that it will be something other than iPhone. It really is a shame to consider how brilliant this device is and then call it something like an iPhone.

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