February 22, 2007, 9:02 am
Apple & Cisco Hug It Out Over iPhone
Posted by Heather Won Tesoriero
Apple and Cisco have agreed to resolve a trademark dispute over the term iPhone that had threatened to put a damper on the introduction of Apple’s most eagerly anticipated electronics product in years. Here are the stories from the WSJ and NYT.
The cooldown comes 42 days after Cisco sued Apple over the iPhone moniker. Under their agreement, Cisco and Apple are free to use the iPhone trademark on their respective products throughout the world. Cisco will drop a lawsuit it filed against Apple in federal court in San Francisco. The companies said other terms of the settlement are confidential, declining to comment further.
The iPhone was unveiled at the Macworld convention on January 9 and the following day, Cisco slapped Apple with its lawsuit. Cisco has held a trademark on the iPhone name since 2000. Last spring, Cisco unveiled a new line of gadgets bearing the name name that use voice over Internet protocol, or VoIP, technology to transmit phone calls over the Internet. Apple plans to begin selling the iPhone in the U.S. later this year for between $499 and $599.
The companies said they would explore ways to make their identically named iPhone products work together “in the areas of security and consumer and enterprise communication.”
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