Yet Another Trademark Infringement Law Suit

Cisco is suing Apple over the iPhone name. Although this fight seems to have more grey areas when compared to the Autodesk – ODA law suit, I just can’t help but wonder whether these people seem to like litigation.

Apparently, Apple requested Cisco for permission to use their trademark and was turned down. So they went ahead and use the trademark anyways. I am no trademark expert, but common sense tells me that litigating an issue such as this one, which can go either way, is asking for trouble. Even if Apple wins, it will have a hard time protecting the iPhone name from other competitors in the future as their arguments in this case will come back to haunt them later.

Come on, how difficult is it to create a name? Just because they have an “iPod” do they have to call everything else they make “iSomething”?

  • ralphg

    It appears that Aple and Cisco were in talks and close to signing an agreement. When Apple announced the iPhone publicly, Cisco upped the pressure by launching the suit — as a reminder to Apple about the unfinished business.

    (Cisco has owned the name for many years, following the acquisition of another company that was using the name.)

    Apple could change the name of the phone, to ApplePhone, just like they changed the name of iTV to AppleTV.

  • ralphg

    It appears that Aple and Cisco were in talks and close to signing an agreement. When Apple announced the iPhone publicly, Cisco upped the pressure by launching the suit — as a reminder to Apple about the unfinished business.(Cisco has owned the name for many years, following the acquisition of another company that was using the name.)Apple could change the name of the phone, to ApplePhone, just like they changed the name of iTV to AppleTV.

  • R.Paul Waddington.

    Ok Deelip, I will race you to see which of us can register ‘iSomething’ as a trademark first; or have you done it already?:-)

  • R.Paul Waddington.

    Ok Deelip, I will race you to see which of us can register ‘iSomething’ as a trademark first; or have you done it already?:-)