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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    Nick, 10 Jan 2007 @ 8:00pm

    Take Note

    First off, let us all stop arguing about who is better. Stop blasting the other opinions simply because your opinions are your own. The most intelligent thing that can be said is that each platform, company, or whatever has its strengths and weaknesses. We all have preferences. I personally prefer linux servers, but I have worked in companies where windows servers powered the entire infrastructure. Guess what? It works fine. Apple is gaining market share, they have cool stuff with innovations that really draw the consumer market. Cisco is a staple in the enterprise networking world. If you say anything else, you need to get a clue. Cisco has its strengths and weaknesses as well, but it is nonetheless probably the largest player in that market. Apple is great for consumers and has there "Awe" factor. Fine. What Cisco does here is up to them. If the tables were turned, Apple would shit themselves. Also, it doesn't make it right. This world doesn't lend itself to playing nice and easy to get along with. Sometimes you have to be a hardass and protect your ASSets or people will walk over you in the future. It isn't about whether Cisco will turn a substantial profit on the iPhone, but if you were a business owner you wouldn't giveaway or worse let someone take it from you just so they would make a better profit off of it than you would. Think about it. Cisco has all the right, whether it suit your morals or not.

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