iPhone 商標問題で、Apple が CISCO に訴えられる!

さてさて、CISCO 傘下の Linksys が過去 iPhone というIPフォンを発表しているのは周知の事実です。
今回の Apple からの iPhone 発表にあたり、CISCO は、

Cisco’s Official Comments on the Apple iPhone Announcement
SAN JOSE Calif., January 9, 2007 – Given Apple’s numerous requests for permission to use Cisco’s iPhone trademark over the past several years and our extensive discussions with them recently, it is our belief that with their announcement today, Apple intends to agree to the final document and public statement that were distributed to them last night and that addressed a few remaining items. We expect to receive a signed agreement today.




Cisco Sues Apple for Trademark Infringement
Suit Filed to Protect Cisco’s iPhone® Trademark

SAN JOSE, Calif., January 10, 2007 – Cisco® today announced that it has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against Apple, Inc., seeking to prevent Apple from infringing upon and deliberately copying and using Cisco’s registered iPhone trademark.
Cisco obtained the iPhone trademark in 2000 after completing the acquisition of Infogear, which previously owned the mark and sold iPhone products for several years. Infogear’s original filing for the trademark dates to March 20, 1996. Linksys, a division of Cisco, has been shipping a new family of iPhone products since early last year. On Dec. 18, Linksys expanded the iPhone® family with additional products.
“Cisco entered into negotiations with Apple in good faith after Apple repeatedly asked permission to use Cisco’s iPhone name,” said Mark Chandler, senior vice president and general counsel, Cisco. “There is no doubt that Apple’s new phone is very exciting, but they should not be using our trademark without our permission.
”Today’s iPhone is not tomorrow’s iPhone. The potential for convergence of the home phone, cell phone, work phone and PC is limitless, which is why it is so important for us to protect our brand,” Chandler concluded.
With its lawsuit, Cisco is seeking injunctive relief to prevent Apple from copying Cisco’s iPhone trademark. For more information on the Cisco iPhone product line, please visit www.linksys.com/iphone.


要約:Appleの新しい携帯電話は非常に面白い製品だと思うが、我々の許可無く iPhoneという商標を使用するべきではない

「今日の iPhone が明日の iPhone じゃないんだお!
「そら、Apple が今回発表した iPhone に比べればさ・・