Well, I guess Cisco was watching the iPhone announcement yesterday, just like the rest of us. If you didn’t already know, just a few weeks ago Cisco announced a new product called… you guessed it… the iPhone. It’s a VOIP (voice over IP) phone.
Today, Cisco announced they have filed a lawsuit against Apple:
“SAN JOSE, Calif., January 10, 2007 – Cisco® today announced that it has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against Apple, Inc., seeking to prevent Apple from infringing upon and deliberately copying and using Cisco’s registered iPhone trademark…”
Apparently, Cisco had been in talks with Apple to allow them to use the name, but they hadn’t completed the agreement. Just yesterday they assumed Apple would be agreeing to their terms, as they released this statement:
“SAN JOSE Calif., January 9, 2007 – Given Apple’s numerous requests for permission to use Cisco’s iPhone trademark over the past several years and our extensive discussions with them recently, it is our belief that with their announcement today, Apple intends to agree to the final document and public statement that were distributed to them last night and that addressed a few remaining items. We expect to receive a signed agreement today.”
I guess today, they either didn’t hear back from Apple, or they did hear back, but it wasn’t what they were expecting.