I guess Apple never got round to signing those licensing agreements with Cisco for use of their trademark term iPhone. And now they are suing.
“Cisco entered into negotiations with Apple in good faith after Apple repeatedly asked permission to use Cisco’s iPhone name,” said Mark Chandler, senior vice president and general counsel, Cisco. “There is no doubt that Apple’s new phone is very exciting, but they should not be using our trademark without our permission.
Update 18/1: Google likes this site for Iphone lawsuit and as I don’t actually have a lot of content here’s some links that look good:
- the orginal Cisco Blog post is linked above.
- Apple Insider has statements from both parties
- Pretty similar news articles can be found at iPodObserver, ItWire, the Wireless Weblog, TMCNet, etc, etc – there’s a fair few posts about Apple callignthe suit silly.
- ignore the sites with iplawsuit in the domain – they look and feel (at least today) like spam sites that are just reprinting content with a lot of ads attached.
- I go to the BBC for mainstream news. But there’s not too much new in that over the other online news sites.
But, after poring through a few of these, after you have read a few of the news articles, they are all pretty much saying the same. I guess we have to wait for news.
Wow! How brilliant of Apple. First they launch a great new product. Then they create a legal contraversey to keep the public eye on the issue.
Well, the press is the most powerful marketing tool 🙂