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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    ShadowSoldier, 10 Jan 2007 @ 9:46pm

    I have an idea

    I think that apple should name its product the MacPhone, it is simple, it works with apples new computers, i.e. iBook= MacBook, PowerBook= MacBookPro, and so on. Seriously if some other company owns MacPhone I will laugh myself to death, then laugh as Mac tries to sue them, or gets sued, or both. Now I love Macs and apple, their great, but honestly despite what any of the people out there say, apple dropped the ball on this one legally. I believe they do own the TM in other countries, but I am guessing that their main customer base is in America. Also who is going to buy a Cisco phone, I personally have never even heard of any, none the less seen one in a store. I wouldn't personally buy an "iPhone" by Cisco, nor would I switch over to cingular just to get a MacPhone. I think both of the companies COO's should fight to the death to solve it out, screw court!

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