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Queso

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Clearly nobody at Apple saw it coming. Cisco own the name, and were first to market with a shipping phone product. Unless Apple buy the name off them (for a lot of cash now they've announced the actual gadget), Apple will have to rename theirs.

What's wrong with calling it the iPod phone or the @Phone (@ being the Apple symbol of course)?
 

TheAnswer

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Cisco's strong hand is "i" is for internet Phone and prior product. Apple's strong hand is "we invented "i" is for internet" and international trademarks. Still, stupid move by Apple not to line up all the ducks before pulling the shotgun.

Maybe they'll just rebrand it Phone (that's apple symbol Phone for you Bootcamp and PC viewers).
 

bbydon

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ah..... wow this is crazy.
iphone
apple inc
itv

im surprised my apples name choices.
they are like screw it we will name it what we want.
 

bbydon

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so now that apple computer is apple inc
u thing apple corp will when thier appeal for the ipod music suit
 

Zwhaler

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iPhone: Cisco Sues Apple?

While I can't find any internet news articles on this, I heard from several people today that Cisco is sueing Apple because (most likely) Apple is using the name iPhone for their new phone, while the name is already being used for Cisco's product. Have any of you heard about this? Is it true, because it would make sense.

EDIT: thanks for moving my thread even though i searched i found nothing on the forum :D
 

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Cisco Suing Apple For iPhone Trademark Infringement



Cisco is suing Apple and seeking an injunction to prevent Apple from using Cisco's "iPhone" US trademark. As of yesterday, Cisco representatives said that a deal was close for licensing the trademark to Apple, however it appears as though Apple's announcement before a deal was reached may have forced Cisco into the courts.

"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.

With its lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Cisco is seeking an injunction to prevent Apple from copying Cisco's iPhone trademark.
 

TheAnswer

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What would be the legal implications, say if Cisco had the trademark and no product, then developed the product solely after Apple came to them?

Also be interesting to see if Apple started getting trademarks overseas to avoid the rumor mill and Cisco found out and beat them to the punch at the trademark office in the US?
 

Chimera

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It struck me as strange at the time that Apple would use the name iPhone while negotiations were still ongoing and now it seems they are paying for it. As SiliconAddict said: Apple :rolleyes:
 
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