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Cisco files suit against Apple over iPhone trademark


Posted: 12 Jan 2007
Cisco files suit against Apple over iPhone trademark

Cisco filed a suit against Apple over trademark infringement concerning its use of the iPhone name. It was Cisco's LinkSys division who recently introduced a new device under the name the iPhone trademark. Well, and yesterday became known that Apple was talking over the trademark. Mark Chandler, Cisco senior vice president and general counsel announced: "Cisco entered into negotiations with Apple in good faith after Apple repeatedly asked permission to use Cisco's iPhone name. There is no doubt that Apple's new phone is very exciting, but they should not be using our trademark without our permission."

And now Cisco is looking for a court order from a federal court to "prevent" Apple from infringement. The other days Cisco published an official statement about Apple's iPhone introduction: Given Apple's numerous requests for permission to use Cisco's iPhone trademark over the past several years and our extensive discussions with them recently, it is our belief that with their announcement today, Apple intends to agree to the final document and public statement that were distributed to them last night and that addressed a few remaining items. We expect to receive a signed agreement today.

VIA cisco.com
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