Cisco Sues Apple Over iPhone Name

Cisco Systems is suing Apple to prevent it from using the name iPhone for the new smartphone. Cisco filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court for Northern California seeking an injunction against Apple using the name. The name iPhone is a registered trademark of Linksys, a division of Cisco. Linksys picked up the iPhone name when it bought a company called Infogear Technology in 2000. Cisco’s iPhones are telephone handsets designed for use on a VoIP network. Apple and Cisco have been in negotiations for about two years over Apple’s desire to license the iPhone trademark. When Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone Tuesday at Macworld, Cisco had not yet received a signed trademark licensing agreement from Apple even though the two companies had been negotiating terms as recently as Monday night.


Cisco Systems is suing Apple to prevent it from using the name iPhone for the new smartphone. Cisco filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court for Northern California seeking an injunction against Apple using the name. The name iPhone is a registered trademark of Linksys, a division of Cisco. Linksys picked up the iPhone name when it bought a company called Infogear Technology in 2000. Cisco’s iPhones are telephone handsets designed for use on a VoIP network. Apple and Cisco have been in negotiations for about two years over Apple’s desire to license the iPhone trademark. When Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone Tuesday at Macworld, Cisco had not yet received a signed trademark licensing agreement from Apple even though the two companies had been negotiating terms as recently as Monday night.

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