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Apple, Cisco to resolve iPhone trademark suit

Posted: 05 Feb 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Apple Computer? Cisco? iPhone? trademark? John Walko?

Apple and Cisco are nearing an agreement that could resolve their dispute over rights to the iPhone name in an out-of-court settlement. However, the companies said they need more time to conclude discussions on "trademark rights and interoperability."

In a joint announcement last week (Feb. 1), the companies said they have extended the time for Apple to respond to Cisco's lawsuit. Cisco uses the brand for a range of VoIP phones it has been selling for over a year, and which the network equipment company claims to have owned since 2000.

When Cisco filed its complaint in the U.S. District Court of North California last month, Mark Chandler, senior vice president and general counsel of Cisco, said the company had been negotiating with Apple "in good faith" after Apple repeatedly asked permission to use the name.

"There is no doubt that Apple's new phone is very exciting, but they should not be using our trademark without our permission," he said.

Apple's initial response was that Cisco's stance was "silly."

- John Walko
EE Times Europe

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