Looks like Apple and Cisco have decided to fight the iPhone trademark out in court. Apple, if you’d like to use our “iRate” instead, you’re welcome to it!! I am guessing Cisco is plenty irate about you using their trademark without an agreement…that’s probably why they fired up the lawyer-mobile and are after you! Hey, lawyerMobile, or lMobile wouldn’t be a bad phone name…or iMobile!?!
There’s a great article over at news.com about this, and the possible defenses that Apple can take on this mess, including the fact that there are other companies using the iPhone trademark and Cisco hasn’t sued them, and that Apple, correctly is the first to use the term iPhone to describe a cell phone.
We’d like to remind everyone that Apple has owned rights to use the term iPhone longer than Cisco, by the way…(Cisco has had it since 2000)…here’s an example after the jump… a simple whois on iphone.org indicates:
Domain Name:IPHONE.ORG Created On:16-Dec-1999 04:59:34 UTC Last Updated On:14-Nov-2006 12:34:39 UTC Expiration Date:16-Dec-2008 04:59:33 UTC Registrant ID:mKn-14211604 Registrant Name:Apple Computer , Inc. Registrant Organization:Apple Computer, Inc. Registrant Street1:1 Infinite Loop Registrant Street2:M/S 60-DR Registrant Street3: Registrant City:Cupertino Registrant State/Province:CA Registrant Postal Code:95014 Registrant Country:US Registrant Phone:+1.4089961010
Interesting, no? Our analysis, in a nutshell, is that this is going to be a non-issue and iPhone will stay iPhone, and the two companies will end up settling. Once Apple starts handing it to Cisco in court, Cisco will be very interested in settling. No harm in rattling the saber a bit now, though!
Up next, where is OS 10.5, iLife ’07, iWork ’07, etc.? And what about new hardware (Mac Pro 8-core, updated Mac Books)? More soon. In the meantime, as always, we love to get your feedback and comments below, or via applerecon-at-gmail-dot-com!