Apple, Cisco trade shots over iPhone lawsuit

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
In the wake of a lawsuit filed by Cisco over Apple's alleged misuse of the iPhone trademark, the two companies on Thursday escalated the level of rhetoric in their claims to the hotly-contested product name.



Apple has broken the silence it maintained regarding its rights to use the iPhone name for its recently unveiled cellphone. An official statement issued by the company to its spokespeople flatly denied the legitimacy of the suit filed in federal court on Wednesday, characterizing Cisco's filing as both "silly" and "tenuous at best."



"We're the first company to ever use the iPhone name for a cellphone," the statement said. "If Cisco wants to challenge us on it, we're very confident we'll prevail."



In contrast, Cisco representatives have followed their own official statement with relatively candid responses, adopting an at once conciliatory and defensive tone. The network supplier maintained that it had no hostile intent against Apple and was merely protecting what it believed it rightly owned.



Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, spokesman John Earnhardt expressed hopes that the lawsuit would not need to continue. "We still hope we can reach an agreement," he said, "but when your neighbor steals your property, you have no recourse other than to call the cops and file a complaint."



Cisco senior VP Mark Chandler was equally quick to defend his employer's approach in his corporate blog. He reiterated the company's formal claim that it has owned the iPhone trademark since 2000, following the buyout of an Internet phone developer named Infogear Technology, and that it had no financial or idealist grudges against its purported competitor. Infogear first registered the trademark in 1996.



"This is not a suit against Apple?s innovation, their modern design, or their cool phone. It is not a suit about money or royalties. This is a suit about trademark infringement," Chandler wrote. "This is a suit about trademark infringement."



The lawsuit -- coupled with some profit taking -- also triggered a small-scale retreat in the value of Apple's stock, which dipped by $1.20 to $95.80 by the close of the market Thursday evening. Financial agencies Bear Stearns and UBS had previously raised their estimates for Apple, triggering a dramatic surge to $97 in advance of today's news.
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  • Reply 1 of 84
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    "We're the first company to ever use the iPhone name for a cellphone," the statement said. "If Cisco wants to challenge us on it, we're very confident we'll prevail."



    And yet they sue because the iBuzz vibrator is too similar to an iPod??



    http://sexonmydesk.ivillage.com/love...a_lawsuit.html
  • Reply 2 of 84
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    Originally Posted by retroneo View Post


    And yet they sue because the iBuzz vibrator is too similar to an iPod??



    http://sexonmydesk.ivillage.com/love...a_lawsuit.html



    Actually IIRC, I thought this lawsuit had something to do with their advertising spoofing the silhouette iPod ads ... which Apple was in turn sued over because Lugz thought they were copying them...
  • Reply 3 of 84
    19841984 Posts: 955member
    It took Cisco seven years to come with that? Come on, we all know they sat on that name until the iPod became a household name and are now just riding on it's success. If Cisco does technically have the legal right to the iPhone name Apple should just rename it phone, add VOIP and show them up.
  • Reply 4 of 84
    cato988cato988 Posts: 307member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by 1984 View Post


    It took Cisco seven years to come with that? Come on, we all know they sat on that name until the iPod became a household name and are now just riding on it's success. If Cisco does technically have the legal right to the iPhone name Apple should just rename it ?phone, add VOIP and show them up.





    what did you do to make that apple?
  • Reply 5 of 84
    I can understand what Cisco is talkin about, but i'm sure they will work this out pretty quickly. A deal was in the works to begin with.
  • Reply 6 of 84
    [email protected] Cisco up in VoIP technology.

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by 1984 View Post


    It took Cisco seven years to come with that? Come on, we all know they sat on that name until the iPod became a household name and are now just riding on it's success. If Cisco does technically have the legal right to the iPhone name Apple should just rename it phone, add VOIP and show them up.



  • Reply 7 of 84
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    Originally Posted by Cato988 View Post


    what did you do to make that apple?



    Shift + Option + K =  !!!! Rejoice!
  • Reply 8 of 84
    cato988cato988 Posts: 307member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AgNuke1707 View Post


    Shift + Option + K = ? !!!! Rejoice!



    ?!!! haha awesome





    thats going to make things so much easier for appleinsiders now when refering to any "?" products





    thanks nuke
  • Reply 9 of 84
    kendokakendoka Posts: 110member
    "when your neighbor gives their newborn baby the same name as your ugly little pet, you have no recourse other than to call the cops and file a complaint."



    Duh.





    Well, *if* Cisco can prove that they didn't name their fictional phone "iPhone" for a free ride on the iPod trend, *and* at the same time convincing the court why they didn't react when other companies used the iPhone namne - well, then they'll probably win...



    ...and the Apple "iPhone" will become the "AppleiPhone" (iPhone).



    So?
  • Reply 10 of 84
    They mostly come out at night...mostly.
  • Reply 11 of 84
    Leaches

    the bigger the lights , the more moths are attracted



    Cisco could have sued others for using "iphone" but apple is bigger and has more money,



    long live the  iPhone
  • Reply 12 of 84
    Cisco isn't planning on using the name the same way apple plans to. Apple want to use as a iphone, but cisco is more in line with IP phone, but went for the short version. I think their lawsuit is valid, but the two sides will work it out.
  • Reply 13 of 84
    I've been told several times over the years that if you have a patent or TM you have to defend it if you want to keep it. I think that,basically, Cisco's attorneys have said the suit needs to be files in order to avoid the loss of the TM. The suit, therefore, shouldn't get in the way of discussions between Apple & Cisco - let's face it, Apple defends it rights as well.
  • Reply 14 of 84
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 31,961member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by 1984 View Post


    It took Cisco seven years to come with that? Come on, we all know they sat on that name until the iPod became a household name and are now just riding on it's success. If Cisco does technically have the legal right to the iPhone name Apple should just rename it ?phone, add VOIP and show them up.



    Cisco has been selling products with that name for a year. Even if they were sitting on it, it wouldn't matter.
  • Reply 15 of 84
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 31,961member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Kendoka View Post


    "when your neighbor gives their newborn baby the same name as your ugly little pet, you have no recourse other than to call the cops and file a complaint."



    Duh.





    Well, *if* Cisco can prove that they didn't name their fictional phone "iPhone" for a free ride on the iPod trend, *and* at the same time convincing the court why they didn't react when other companies used the iPhone namne - well, then they'll probably win...



    ...and the Apple "iPhone" will become the "AppleiPhone" (?iPhone).



    So?



    Let's see. InfoGear, which they bought in 2000, registered the name in 1996.



    So, I guess you're right. They used their crysyal ball to see into Apple's future, and then stole that name.
  • Reply 16 of 84
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 31,961member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iconsumer View Post


    Leaches

    the bigger the lights , the more moths are attracted



    Cisco could have sued others for using "iphone" but apple is bigger and has more money,



    long live the ? iPhone



    Uh, no.
  • Reply 17 of 84
    buckbuck Posts: 293member
    !
  • Reply 18 of 84
    chuckerchucker Posts: 5,089member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iconsumer View Post


    Leaches

    the bigger the lights , the more moths are attracted



    Cisco could have sued others for using "iphone" but apple is bigger and has more money,



    long live the  iPhone



    FANBOI ALERT!!!
  • Reply 19 of 84
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    Originally Posted by Chucker View Post


    FANBOI ALERT!!!



    guilty as charged 8)
  • Reply 20 of 84
    eckingecking Posts: 1,588member
    It puts the iphone in the lawsuit, IT PUTS THE IPHONE IN THE BASKET.
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