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That’s MyPhone!: Cisco sues Apple for iPhone trademark use

January 10, 2007

I guess Cisco and Apple aren’t friends after all.

Steve and the iPhone (AP)BREAKING NEWS out of San Francisco, Cisco Systems is suing Apple, Inc for their use of the iPhone trademark on their new smartphone, the AP reports.
I mentioned yesterday that Cisco Systems announced that they had sent a draft agreement to Apple for use of the trademark, and the statement said that they assumed Apple had agreed to terms.

Guess not, eh? From the AP:

Cisco has owned the trademark on the name “iPhone” since 2000, when it acquired InfoGear Technology Corp., which originally registered the name.

And three weeks ago, Cisco’s Linksys division put the trademark to use, releasing an Internet-enabled phone called “iPhone” that uses the increasingly popular Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP.   

On Tuesday, Apple unveiled the iPhone, its “game-changing” touch-screen-controlled cell phone device that plays music, surfs the Web and delivers voicemail and e-mail.

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

Cisco is seeking injunctive relief to prevent Apple from copying Cisco’s iPhone trademark.

“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 added.

One Comment
  1. Sen McCartney permalink
    January 29, 2007 8:20 pm

    Apple walked into this one. I hope they’ve got a real good iPlan.

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