Re: Apple Launches its Much Anticipated iPhone
Tech giant Cisco to sue Apple over iPhone name
TECHNOLOGY giant Cisco is suing Apple over claims that it owns the iPhone name used by Apple to christen its new handheld device this week.
Cisco, which has operations at Commercial Quay in Edinburgh, obtained the iPhone trademark in 2000 after completing the acquisition of Infogear, which previously owned the mark.
Apple, which launched its new handheld touchscreen phone on Tuesday, has dismissed Cisco's claims as "silly" and "tenuous at best".
Apple spokesman Alan Hely said: "We think Cisco's trademark lawsuit is silly. There are already several companies using the name iPhone for Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) products."
He added: "We are the first company to ever use the iPhone name for a cell phone, and if Cisco wants to challenge us on it we are very confident we will prevail."
Mark Chandler, Cisco senior vice-president and general counsel, added: "Cisco entered into negotiations with Apple in good faith after Apple repeatedly asked permission to use Cisco's iPhone name."
Cisco said it would seek to stop Apple from "infringing upon and deliberately copying and using" the trademark.
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