(Updated) The iPhone out, the lawyers in? Maybe not

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The Apple iPhone out, the Apple lawyers in — to defend the new trademark against a possible lawsuit from Cisco, the first to coin iPhone on its WiFi Skype phone. But the anticipated clash may never happen.

According to Cisco, it and Apple have been through some extensive discussions recently, and “it is our belief that Apple intends to agree to the final document”, reports Market Watch. An agreement is expected to be sealed today. How much money would you say Apple will give?

UPDATE 1: Cisco is going to sue Apple. John Earnhardt from Cisco dropped this comment: “As Intellectual property is the lifeblood of Silicon Valley and we all have to protect our property. The iPhone trademark is owned by Cisco, as noted in your story. We (Cisco) had hoped to reach an agreement to share our trademark with Apple, yet they decided to use the name without our agreement, so we, unfortunately, are having to go to court to stop them from using the name. This is not about money. We still hope we can reach an agreement, but when your neighbor steals your property, you have no recourse other than to call the cops and file a complaint. (Read the full Cisco statement).”

UPDATE 2: ZDNet Blogs revealed how Apple acted. Cisco spokesman John Noh said: “The fact is that we have not received the approved agreement back from Apple as late as this morning. What we said in our statement, which you posted, was that we sent them the final terms on Jan. 8 and by the fact that they launched the iPhone on Jan. 9 without an agreement in place with us, we could only assume that they had agreed to our final terms and that we expected a signed agreement from them as early as yesterday. As of this morning, we’re still waiting.”

Jan 10, 2007 | By Nuno

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  • #0 John Earnhardt:
  • UPDATE ON CISCO’S iPHONE TRADEMARK - Intellectual property is the lifeblood of Silicon Valley and we all have to protect our property. The iPhone trademark is owned by Cisco, as noted in your story. We (Cisco) had hoped to reach an agreement to share our trademark with Apple, yet they decided to use the name without our agreement, so we, unfortunately, are having to go to court to stop them from using the name. This is not about money. We still hope we can reach an agreement, but when your neighbor steals your property, you have no recourse other than to call the cops and file a complaint. Full Cisco statement at: http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2007/corp_011007.html

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