Cisco Sues Apple for Trademark Infringement

Suit Filed to Protect Cisco’s iPhone® Trademark

SAN JOSE, Calif., January 10, 2007 – Cisco Systems filed a trademark lawsuit against Apple over the ‘iPhone’ introduced by Steve Jobs a day earlier in San Francisco. Cisco contends that it acquired all iPhone trademark rights in 2000 when it acquired Infosys, and that it “continues to use the iPhone mark” in its VoIP and related telephony equipment via a Cisco subsidiary.

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Cisco alleges that although it has been in discussions with Apple since 2001 “about the possibility of acquiring or licensing the rights to iPhone,” it never granted Apple such rights. When Jobs introduced Apple’s iPhone to the public and media at major exhibition, Cisco maintains that the public will be confused becuase Apple’s “‘iPhone’ is deceptively and confusingly similar to Cisco’s long-standing trademark” for an internet-based telephony device.

At this moment, Cisco seems to be right. But, how irresponsible could Steve Jobs to get into a such situation without being sure what he is doing? Let’s wait a while and we’ll see what will happen next.

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~ by addicted2b3 on January 11, 2007.

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