Thursday, January 11, 2007

Cisco sues Apple for trademark infringement: ruh roh! - Engadget

Yeah, I meant to post about Jobs' keynote, but I didn't watch the whole thing, just the highlights. Having said that, you had to be incommunicado to miss Apple's announcement of the iPhone. Of course, Cisco owns the iPhone trademark, and they recently announced a product, by that name.
Engadget posts the following:
We're not quite sure what broke down in talks between Cisco and Apple, but they ain't playing friendly no more. Cisco just announced that it has filed a lawsuit in Northern California to prevent Apple from infringing upon its registered iPhone trademark. The word yesterday was that Apple and Cisco had been involved in "extensive discussions," and that they were expecting Apple to sign up for whatever final agreement they proposed. "Cisco entered into negotiations with Apple in good faith after Apple repeatedly asked permission to use Cisco's iPhone name," says Mark Chandler of Cisco. "There is no doubt that Apple's new phone is very exciting, but they should not be using our trademark without our permission."

Hmmmm, interesting

Cisco sues Apple for trademark infringement: ruh roh! - Engadget
When I started the post, I hadn't seen Aaron's. But I believe that they both add to the story.

1 comment:

  1. Apple does not have FCC approval for the device, either. That is a process that can easily take 8 months, though if the agency is familiar with the communications components and their implementation, the process is much faster. While we do not know what parts are inside the device, it is sweepstake's odds they are relatively common, with the possible exception of the memory arrangement and the cpu. If that is the case, this is a non-issue. If not, it just points more strongly to the vaporous nature of the "product".



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