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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    Darkcyde, 10 Jan 2007 @ 7:09pm

    Wether you gay ass Microshaft fanboys want to believe it or not, Apple is a staple in the electronics industry both in the home and the work place. I dont care if Cisco owns the trademark "iPhone", cisco's iPhone and Apple's iPhone are completely different products. Apple is not going anywhere anytime soon and you're just going to have to deal with it. Dont get me wrong, im CCNA but what Apple is doing is astounding. The iPhone, Apple TV, oPod, MacMini, iMac, iLife, etc are all extraordinary products way ahead of their time. And i dont know where the hell this idea of "Half ass linux" is coming from. OS X is more Unix than Linux will ever be. Just because your mommy raised you to succomb to the "wonderful World of Windows" doesnt mean the rest of the I.T. industry has to as well. As for me, my entire business runs on an Apple infrastructure and I wouldnt have it any other way. Viruses, spyware, malware, all bullshit aimed at M$ so maybe before insulting the Mac "fanboys" you should take a look at what YOU represent and think about that for a second. Maybe then you'll be more than just a mindless statistic and get the big picture.

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