iPhone, youPhone, we all use "iPhone"
Apple and Cisco make a deal (Wall Street Journal subscription-only).
Under the agreement, both companies are free to use the trademark on their products globally and acknowledge the trademark ownership rights that have been granted. Each side will dismiss any pending actions regarding the trademark.
iPhones for everyone!
ADDENDUM: The Macalope would just like to add that this was really a silly thing to worry about. Does anyone really care what the Apple phone was called, as long as it wasn’t called the Apple Portable Communications Device for Business Or Personal Use Brought To You By Cingular, The Greatest Phone Company Ever?
The Macalope never found time to delve into Brier Dudley’s column last week, but one of the standout moments was Dudley coming down with a case of the vapors over Steve Jobs’ lack of concern for U.S. trademark protection.
In just over a month, he’s been flippant about U.S. trademark protection, accounting standards, securities regulators and European antitrust enforcers.
After ignoring Cisco’s trademark on the term “iPhone,” Apple called the resulting lawsuit “silly.”
The Macalope is relieved to see that our great nation survived this month-long crisis.