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Cisco files lawsuit vs. Apple

Posted: 12 Jan 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Cisco  Apple  iPhone  Infogear 

Cisco has filed an infringement lawsuit against Apple Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, seeking injunction on the use of its iPhone trademark, which Cisco claims to have obtained in 2000.

At this month's Macworld conference, Apple unveiled its quad-band GSM iPhone product that integrates the functions of a cell phone, an iPod and an Internet communications device. The GSM device packs capabilities such as 2Mpixel camera, 3.5-inch touchscreen display and EDGE/Wi-Fi technology.

"Cisco entered into negotiations with Apple in good faith after Apple repeatedly asked permission to use Cisco's iPhone name," said Mark Chandler, senior VP 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.

According to Cisco, the company has obtained the trademark after completing the acquisition of Infogear, which previously owned the mark and sold iPhone products for several years. And since early last year, Cisco's division Linksys has been shipping a new family of iPhone products.

Chandler added, "Today's iPhone is not tomorrow's iPhone. The potential for convergence of the home phone, cell phone, work phone and PC is limitless, which is why it is so important for us to protect our brand."

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