The iPhone saga just won't end. The latest wrinkle came last night when Cisco sued Apple for infringing on its iPhone trademark.
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Doc Searls has a hilarious faux news story from 2008 on the iPhone Shuffle. Here's an excerpt: Like the iPod Shuffle, the new iPhone Shuffle has no display.
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.
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?