Networking giant Cisco has sued Apple over theft of Cisco's iPhone trademark. Today's iPhone is not tomorrow's iPhone, said Cisco.
Networking giant Cisco has filed suit against Apple over the use of Cisco's iPhone trademark.
Cisco obtained the iPhone trademark in 2000 after buying Infogear, the previous owner of the trademark, which had also sold iPhone products for several years.
Infogear's original filing for the trademark dates to March 20, 1996.
Linksys, the home user/small office division of Cisco, has been shipping a new family of iPhone products since early last year, and shipped a new iPhone product as recently as December 18.
"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.
Cisco is seeking a court injunction to stop Apple from using the iPhone trademark immediately.