iOops, Apple Didn't Actually Get The Rights To The Name iPhone

from the not-so-fast dept

In the weeks leading up to yesterday's big announcement there was a lot of talk about how Apple couldn't even use the name iPhone because it was a registered trademark of Cisco. Thus, it was as big of a surprise as any that Apple's new converged cellphone/iPod was indeed called the iPhone. The word out of Cisco was that the night before the announcement, they sent Apple the final terms of a license that would allow Apple to use the name, and that they expected a signed agreement right away. Well, apparently Apple didn't get back to Cisco quickly enough, and now the networking giant is taking Apple to court, seeking to prevent Apple from using the name. It seems likely that this is a threat to make sure that Apple takes Cisco's demands seriously, and that things will get worked out before the lawsuit goes to trial. Still, it's really astounding that Apple would make such an important announcement without having this matter long squared away.

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    lordofacid, 10 Jan 2007 @ 6:34pm

    Has-been? what??

    Has been, someone is obviously not in the world of IT. Every major router on the net in the last decade has been either cisco, baynetworks, or 3com, with cisco being the monster. Linksys' ubiquitous blue box is in thousands of households. They make top shelf equipment (except I hate my 54G, but only because I can't hack it as well with OpenWRT linux). I do not remember Bill Gates having to rescue cisco to keep it from becoming another amiga. I don't recall the last lame commercial for a cisco product. I don't recall the last big shindig for the new firewall or san solution. However, I seem to recall all of these things happening to apple. Before someone takes me wrong, I like apple. I like their equipment. I wish they had gone full blown linux instead of half assed. I wish you could buy an apple at a reasonable price. I wish their fanboys would use their head, instead of their intestines. Guts are great, but your gut instinct is often wrong.

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