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Cisco offers Apple another iPhone extension

updated 01:00 am EST, Fri February 16, 2007

Cisco, Apple extend talks

Cisco has extended the time available to Apple in its iPhone lawsuit yet again in effort to reach an out-of-court settlement over the iPhone trademark. Last month, the company sued Apple after a breakdown in negotiations and Apple's (surprise) announcement of the revolutionary device at Macworld Expo. The company said late Thursday that it has given Apple nearly another week to respond to its trademark infringement lawsuit--which threatens to halt Apple from using the "iPhone" name on its much-hyped new music- and toucn-enabled cellular phone, according to The Associated Press. Apple originally had until early February to respond to the lawsuit, but the companies then agreed to extend the deadline until February 15. With the deadline imminent, the companies agreed to yet another extension. Cisco, the world's largest networking equipment maker, said Apple now has until next Wednesday to respond to the lawsuit filed in San Francisco federal court.

Debates have swirled over Cisco's right to the trademark after the company acquired the rights several years ago, its consumer wireless division last Spring began shipping an VoIP-based iPhone product line that uses the internet to make phone calls; however, Apple claims that the phones differ significantly because its iPhone works as a cellular phone with music capabilities. Apple has exclusively partnered with Cingular, now AT&T, in the US and reports claim that Rogers Wireless will carry the iPhone in Canada; however, Apple may face a similar trademark claim in Canada and has not announced the product for that market.

After a public war of words in which Apple called the lawsuit 'silly', Cisco CEO John Chambers described the trademark lawsuit as a minor skirmish; on Thursday, both companies reiterated previous statements that they want to use the extra time to reach a settlement, according to the report.

Despite reports that royalties for the iPhone name could reach into the hundreds of millions, Cisco has said that the lawsuit is not about royalties and simply wants Apple to commit to interoperability with its own devices, but has not provided any details.




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  1. gambit23

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    This is foolish nonsense.

    Apple: just call the phone the ApplePhone, officially. Everyone else will call it the iPhone anyway, so what's the big deal?

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    OK we'll compromise

    This IS silly; Cisco is in a weak position. This is like the guy who says, "I'll sell you this bridge for a million bucks!" the other guy says, "I'm not paying you anything!" first guy says, "OK we'll compromise... half a million! OK, OK... I'll really cut you a deal... 250K!"

  1. darkelf

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    fishing...

    "we've extended the deadline for apple, and we'll continue to do so as long as its getting us headlines."

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    something's fishy...

    These are not the actions of a plaintiff with a strong position. They can't claim damage to something that wasn't selling on its own merits and they can't claim it's harmed by something that hasn't shipped yet. Trademark confusion? If they really wanted this they'd push the case. Interop? You mean they want their stuff to interop with Apple? Like the Linksys routers that need a PC and only a PC to do the initial setup by the book? I think they could be betting that Apple is looking to do VOIP in a further iteration of the iPhone given its WiFi capability, and they could leave the door open to require a 'tax' on iPhones going thru their equipment. Which is pretty common equipment.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Sheesh!

    Just call it an (Apple symbol) Phone or a MacPhone and get whiny Cisco out of your hair.

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