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iPhone product name still available?

updated 06:10 pm EST, Tue December 19, 2006

iPhone name still open?

Despite this week's introduction of the Linksys product, the "iPhone" name may be still be accessible to Apple, notes Electronista. There are actually four iPhone trademarks filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office, and of those, only one has been granted to Linksys and its parent company Cisco. Two others have initially been refused, and a fourth (by Ocean Telecom) has yet to formally enter the approval process.

The Ocean Telecom patent is unique as the only one of the four filed patent applications to actually address music. In addition to telephone services, it specifically refers to "MP3 and other digital format audio players." The Cisco/Linksys patent, meanwhile, limits itself to "integrated telephone communication with computerized global information networks." The diversity of patents may actually work in Apple's favor -- since no one company seems to have a dominant claim, the USPTO may not be able to refuse an Apple trademark.

by MacNN Staff





  1. shawnce

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "The diversity of patents may actually work in Apple's favor"

    These are trade marks NOT patents.

  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969


    patent v trademark

    They aren't the same thing. Basically, this article is totally useless. A trademark is ownership of a word, words or an image (a mark) that used to trade goods and/or services. A patent is essentially ownership of an idea or design. They have nothing in common with the exception of the fact that in the US, the same government body oversees the administration of both.

  1. xoch

    Joined: Dec 1969


    apple has moved on...

    the iMac was the origin of the "i-" branding, as the feature of out-of-the-box internet access was novel at the time. The iMac is still very much around, but the consumer laptops are now macbooks. So, perhaps the handheld device which may or may not be a dedicated phone (the new iPods, anyone?) will instigate a suitably apt, different branding altogether. I would expect Apple to stun us all, again.

  1. chadpengar

    Joined: Dec 1969


    hopefully not

    following the same pattern

    consumer notebooks: macbook

    ipod phone : PodPhone


  1. migs647

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ibook = macbook iphone => macphone?

  1. trevc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Stick with iPod

    Since iPod is 'generic' enough, it'd fit with just about any device. iPhone is short and sweet but iPod Phone would be instant brand recognition.

    With iTV already taken, maybe Apple will go a different direction than iBox and head down a new set of naming?

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Apple has registered 'Mobile Me', but doesn't own the domain - which could be part of the concept of where they are trying to push the new product/brand.

    I'd agree that the 'i' anything brand is tired and overused, and while still having plenty of recognition, I feel that Apple may want to move into a different direction, maybe even using the 'mobile' as a generic prefix for its mobile line of products.

    'Mobile Phone' :-) 'Mobile Talk' 'Mobile Chat' 'Mobile World'

  1. ClevelandAdv

    Joined: Dec 1969



    iPhone, iMoblie, iPod Phone.....iSick of these iNames iThink they come up with something original

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