Apple and Cisco iPhone Trademark Negotiations Ongoing

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Per, Apple and Cisco have released a joint statement indicating that the lawsuit is on hold as negotiations are ongoing:

    When Apple announced their mobile phone at Macworld, they named it "iPhone". This triggered a lawsuit from Cisco for trademark infringement.

    Apple/Cisco negotiations had been reportedly been ongoing in the days prior to the Apple iPhone announcement. It appears that, for now, negotiations have resumed.
  2. macrumors 6502


    Mar 5, 2006
    im not worried, apple will work this out.
    cisco was just frustrated cause apple sprung the announcement on them...?
  3. macrumors 68020


    Mar 1, 2004
    I still can't work out why this is such an issue for Apple, :apple: Phone sounds better.

    Exactly, as if they didn't know what Apple was going to announce at MacWorld.
  4. macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2007
    Hmmm, let's see, Apple received a tremendous amount of free media time when introducing the iPhone .....short while later got a huge amount of free media time when Cisco announced the lawsuit ....and now they are back at the negotiating table ....hmmmm (Apple wins)
  5. macrumors regular


    Jan 14, 2007
    Las Vegas
    Calling all trademark lawyers...

    Can Apple still get sued if they call it the :apple: iPhone? Or can "iPhone" not be used at all?
  6. macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2006
    I figured this would end up resolved outside of court. Apple is going to want the name finalized one way or another before June. If they can't settle with Cisco quickly, it's in their best interest to change the name as soon as possible.
  7. macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    i'm no trademark lawyer, but if apple loses this lawsuit (which is not likely), apple cannot use :apple: iphone or anything with iphone in there... or anything resemble iphone
  8. macrumors 68000


    Nov 3, 2004
    Toronto, Ontario
    I have been calling it the apple phone since it was released, not sure why... I guess I like the sound of it better... but as people have said both in this thread and previous ones. This is win/win for apple... free press from the release, free press from the lawsuit, more free press saying that talks are back on again, then a couple weeks (or months) from now when it is settled more press relating to the settlement.. and finally, if they have to rename it, they wait a week or two until the stories die down, then announce the official name for (you guessed it) more free press.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2005

    Maybe just extend the "i" down to a "j" - j for jobs
    Or maybe sphone, s for Steve:D
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 2, 2005
    It's nice to see Apple and Cisco playing nice together. Of course, Cisco's lawsuit bought both companies publicity, so I doubt there were many hard feelings to begin with on either side.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2006
    I think it was a clever move by Apple to launch iPhone and :apple: TV together - because it says loud and clear to Cisco: either you do a deal with us over the iPhone name or we just call it :apple: Phone in a blaze of publicity which neatly overcomes the fact that it's been rumored as the former for years which we couldn't do anything about anyway.

    Apple were never gonna hold up the launch date for anyone. Clever and bold!
  12. macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2004
    Apple has a great chance to get the iphone name simply because Cisco played fast and loose with their trademark renewal. They "claimed" the iphone was a working "brand" when their trademark neared the expiration date.

    The proof was "merchandised" product was a mockup sticker on it.
  13. macrumors G3


    Apr 30, 2004
    hehe. you'd have thought cisco would have more brains than that, and at least put the sticker on before the shrinkwrap :rolleyes:
  14. macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location
    I really don't mind if Apple loses this one. They were stupid enough to call their product "iPhone" when they knew full well that Cisco had claim to that name already. They backed off the name "iTV" for the same reason (the popular British TV network iTV), and named it :apple: TV instead. Why didn't they back off the iPhone name as well? It was just a dumb decision by Apple, and a dumb mistake for announcing the "iPhone" when negotiations over the name with Cisco wasn't finalized yet.

    So you don't think that it would have been even more smart to announce :apple: TV and :apple: Phone on the same day for continuity? Would have been smart if they were thinking of moving away from the "i" names.
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 17, 2005
    Springfield Ohio
    not true entirely, Cisco's time to renew was almost up for the term iPhone trademark ( i think they even let ir lapse) and apple seen this and at the last second Cisco renewed it once they seen apple was going to shoot for that name. Yea apple should have yanked the name out from under Cisco before they could tryed to renew it. so if they dont win it (which i think they can) its due to apples slow response on getting the rights to it.

    its better to see both in talks and not going the settle by lawsuit route
  16. macrumors regular


    Sep 16, 2006
    Guildford, England
    i think that apple should realease the iphone and the apple TV together and i think that it sounds so much better with the iPhone
  17. macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2001
    Perth, Australia
  18. macrumors G5


    Nov 25, 2005
    Not so quick. Cisco missed the first date for their renewal of the trademark. For the second date, they should have supplied proof of a product named "iPhone" to keep the name, but instead produced a photo of a packaged phone which was _not_ called iPhone, with an "iPhone" sticker clearly stuck on top of the cellophane wrapper. This might be interpreted as trying to keep the trademark by deception. And since Apple had already applied for the trademark, and anyone in the industry knew that Apple would want that name, this could have expensive consequences for Cisco.

    According to you, it is stupid to try to buy a car for $9000 when it has a sticker for $10000 on it, because clearly the dealer wants $10000 for it. In my book, it isn't.
  19. macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2003
    51st State of America
    Good things come in three's. They should have called it the :apple: phone along with the :apple: TV device and with the name change to just :apple: Inc.

    The iPhone itself was expected, but when we saw it finally for the first time it was everything we didn't expect and more. Except the name, which lets the product down.
  20. macrumors 68020

    Dec 27, 2006
    I just don't like the fact that this is STILL going on.
  21. macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006
    I guess Cisco finally realized that their lawsuit held no merit.:rolleyes:
  22. macrumors 68000

    Sep 25, 2004
    Funny thing is, I bought the 'iphone' (the Cisco skype phone..great phone btw) and nowhere on the phone (or the box) does it mention the term 'iphone' It only states 'Linksys' and 'Skype Certified'

    I wonder if that could come into play?
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 22, 2003
    Apple shouldn't have called it the iPhone. Period.

    It's not just that the name was already trademarked (legal loophole finding excepting), it's that it's a stupid name that doesn't fit in with their product line and doesn't allow them to provide cross brand association with similar devices.

    Look at their current naming conventions, they're brilliant:

    Hardware: Nothing after the 'i' refers to the initial functionality.

    iPod. A name that has nothing to do with MP3s.
    iMac. A name that has nothing to do with computers.

    If Apple wants the iPod to be more than an MP3 player, it can (and is) doing it. If Apple wants to redefine the iMac as a media hub, it can (and is) doing it.

    Software: What comes after the 'i' refers to a use or related concept, not a Microsoft style "description" which, again, would box it in:

    iTunes. It plays music. But it now allows you to buy music too.
    iCal. It shows a calender. But it allows you to schedule and record events against a calender.
    iPhoto. It stores photos, but has some features allowing manipulation and publication of them.

    The iPhone naming convention applied to the above products would have been:


    Now, you might be asking "so what?" Well, here's the thing. iPhone is obviously a fairly sophisticated platform (the damned thing runs OS X), is it going to be a mobile phone forever? Does every variant even need to be a mobile phone? Isn't it, ultimately, the next generation iPod and if so, what does Apple call a lower cost device built upon the same platform that, well, doesn't support telephony?

    What Apple should have done is call this an iPod, or if they wanted to show a generational advance over existing iPods, done so without losing the connection (some name incorporating "Pod")

    "iPhone is silly." It boxes Apple in.
  24. macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2004
    I'm not absolutely sure, but I believe the initial use of the "i" in "iMac" stood for "internet." The iMac made it a hell of a lot simpler and easier for people to get onto and surf the internet. Now, of course, that thought process is long gone. Any computer that can't get onto the internet easily is a rarity.

    The name "iPod" simply took the "i" moniker to the next level. The iMac had been around for a while and people now just looked at it as part of a familiar name or logo. It lost the "internet" feel, but gained it's own part of consumer recognition.
  25. macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    i hope this all gets worked out. i'm sure apple can handle it though

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