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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    Enrico Suarve, 11 Jan 2007 @ 6:36am

    So its a phone right?

    Ah its all been said already - who cares?

    It's a phone - i'll shove my happy hat on than


    It looks great but basically has a load of stuff I couldn't care less about, seems set to tie me into one operator alone and has a battery life which is more than likely pants

    So thats the phone/internet device/worldpeace generator covered - on the subject of trademarks Cisco should go straight to court without passing go - I'm not normally fond of laywers but i'll make an exception for this world class piece of arrogance

    On another note - anybody know if any research has ever been done into exactly what creates fanboys of any description? I find them amazing and quite funny in all honesty and am just curious

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