Mark Chandler, Cisco's senior vice president and general counsel, blogs about Apple's infringement of Cisco's iPhone trademark. Following is the post, with my bolding:Today’s announcement from Cisco regarding our suit with Apple over our iPhone trademark has spurred a lot of interesting questions.
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Why didn't Apple work out the legalities of using Cisco's iPhone trademark before going through the Macworld song and dance? Very good question.
Now that Apple's is now in litigation with Cisco over use of the iPhone name, Steve Jobs might have to come up with an alternative. For some reason, Jobs was ok with changing the name of iTV to AppleTV, so he must have an alternate name ready to go if he can't get back on track with Cisco.
Following is the complaint filed by Cisco over Apple's use of the iPhone name:COMPLAINT FOR TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT, UNFAIR COMPETITION, FALSE DESCRIPTION, AND INJURY TO BUSINESS REPUTATION; CASE NO.FOLGER LEVIN & KAHN LLPMichael A.
It looks like Steve Jobs jumped the gun in sticking with the iPhone name, which is owned by Cisco. The two companies were in negotiation as Jobs took the stage on Tuesday to introduce his new mobile device, but didn't find a common ground...
VeriSign's iDefense Lab is paying hackers $8,000 for code execution flaws in Vista and IE7. Is this behavior we should encourage?
Wanted to point out a correction on a post I had yesterday. The post made it sound like the Apple-Cisco iPhone agreement over the name was a done deal.
Once the Macworld Steve Jobs glow wears off corporate types, which could be described as prosumers, are going to face a series of interesting decisions. Here they are: --Do I get an iPhone?
Lev Grossman's story in Time describes how the iPhone germinated in a project to develop a tablet PC:The iPhone developed the way a lot of cool things do: with a false start. A few years ago Jobs noticed how many development dollars were being spent—particularly in the greater Seattle metropolitan area—on what are called tablet PCs: flat, portable computers that work with a touchscreen instead of a mouse and keyboard.
David Pogue of the New York Times was given an audience with the Pope of Apple and spent an hour playing with the iPhone, confirming that the multi-function mobile device is way more that smoke and mirrors at this stage. Here are a few excerpts: It feels amazing in your hand.