Cisco squares off with Apple off over "iPhone" moniker

Summary:Cisco has taken Apple, Inc. to court over the use of their "iPhone" trademark.

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Cisco has taken Apple, Inc. to court over the use of their "iPhone" trademark:

Cisco today announced that it has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against Apple, Inc., seeking to prevent Apple from infringing upon and deliberately copying and using Cisco’s registered iPhone trademark.

Our own Larry Dignan thinks that Apple's use of a trademarked word for one of the most important products they've ever launched smacks of arrogance. If you want to read more ZDNet has posted the entire Cisco v Apple Trademark Infringement, Unfair Competition Complaint document.

What's not clear is what Apple was thinking using the name "iPhone" when Linksys (a division of Cisco) clearly has a trademark on it. What's known is that Apple has been negotiating with Cisco for use of the term for quite a while but the two haven't been able to come to terms.

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Topics: Cisco

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