Apple's iPhone envy and talks with Cisco

David has a post with supposed details about Apple's attempts to pry the iPhone name from Cisco's, which has been busy rolling out its own iPhone products.

David has a post with supposed details about Apple's attempts to pry the iPhone name from Cisco's, which has been busy rolling out its own iPhone products. He cites a trusted source on the timeline below:

  • Apple has known about the iPhone trademark for years and approached Cisco starting in December 2001
  • Cisco declined because of existing and planned product lines
  • Apple has approached Cisco 3 times over the past year for rights to the iPhone trademark 
  • Cisco again declined because of existing and planned product lines
  • More recently (last few weeks) high level negotiations for a "shared approach" 
  • It seems that in this case both an Apple cell phone and a Cisco VOIP phone would co-exist with the iPhone branding 
  • I think these discussions are still active and ongoing 
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