[afnog] iPhone Blues
woody at pch.net
Thu Jan 18 22:37:36 UTC 2007
It's an interesting fight...
- Apple has been trying to license the brand from Cisco for several
years, as well as registering a covert front company in the Caribbean
to pursue it from a different angle.
- Apple is pretty flagrantly using the iPhone name, despite refusing to
agree to the terms of the licensing agreement which Cisco offered
them. They started quite a while ago, while they were simultaneously
negotiating with Cisco, and trying to do an end-run around Cisco with
the front company.
- Cisco isn't asking for any money in the licensing agreement,
apparently, although the agreement itself hasn't been made public, to
the best of my knowlege... They're just saying that they only want to
license the brand for use on products which follow open standards and
will thus be interoperable with Cisco products. Which sounds good, if
- Apple has apparently entered into a really vicious exclusive agreement
with Cingular/AT&T, the almost-monopoly phone company in the U.S.,
which would disable the 802.11 wireless feaure on the phone, and
prohibit users from installing any third-party software on the phones.
- Cisco looks like it missed a minor paperwork filing to renew the
trademark a year or so ago, so although they've continued to use the
iPhone name, they may actually no longer have exclusive rights to it
anyway, if it comes to a court fight.
Now you know one of the reasons why everything's so expensive in the U.S.
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