The official launch of Apple's new iPhone hasnt gone quite as smooth as they anticipated, so much so that they're being sued for having officially announced it! Turns out huge networking mob Cisco have already owned the "iPhone" trademark for over 6 years, which was actually purchased from Infogear who originally filed for it in 1996.
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CiscoŽ (NASDAQ:CSCO) 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 iPhoneŽ family with additional products.