[afnog] iPhone Blues
Barry Greene (bgreene)
bgreene at cisco.com
Fri Jan 19 01:44:27 UTC 2007
You can go to the source:
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> [mailto:afnog-bounces at afnog.org] On Behalf Of Bill Woodcock
> Sent: Thursday, January 18, 2007 2:38 PM
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> Subject: Re: [afnog] iPhone Blues
> 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
> 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
> it's true.
> - 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.
> Lawyers everywhere.
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