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 @ 8:01pm

    I agree, prosecute, to the fullest extent until your content with legal mumbo jumbo. It's not excuse making for Apple, just because I prefer Apple products doesnt mean that I think Cisco should just hand the name over. But when any new Apple product is about to hit the market these Apple haters come out of the woodwork and start bashing the company all over again. Either way Apple is probably going to wind up with the name in the end. as Patrea stated, the Cisco iPhone looks like it was rushed to the market to prevent the trademark from just sitting in the books in some lawyers bookselfs in the basement of Cisco headquarters. This is clever marketing and trademark protection but its a shabby atempt to squeez money out of Apple to purchase the name.

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