1. oalvarez's Avatar
    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 Apples 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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    02-22-2007 07:41 PM
  2. archie's Avatar
    Yeh, I saw that.
    Sounds like Apple might be gaining VOIP capabilities in some fashion for the iPhone after all. Cingular may not be allowing Apple to do this while they hold exclusivity but that doesn't preclude other companies to offer it through "interoperability".

    Interoperability; Cisco's primary demand could be a masked win for Apple.

    I wish I could see into the future to see how this will materlize.
    02-23-2007 12:33 PM
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