Welcome to MacTalk Australia

the largest Australian community for Apple discussions and topics

» Join the discussions, Register Now!
Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Sydney, NSW
    Posts
    6,413

    Default iPhone dispute settled [merged]

    from ilounge.com

    Apple and Cisco said late Wednesday that they have settled their dispute involving the iPhone trademark. Under the terms of the agreement, both companies are free to use the “iPhone” trademark on their products, and each side will dismiss any pending actions regarding the trademark. In addition, Apple and Cisco will “explore opportunities for interoperability in the areas of security, and consumer and enterprise communications,” according to an announcement from the companies.

    Apple press release here.

  2. #2

    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    4,895

    Default

    Wierd....

    Where's the corporate blackmail? Where's the $100 million settlement?

    Perhaps Cisco want to hook up with Apple to deliver cisco software/hardware in Xserves or something, and figured that they could negotiate terms better by leaving the threat of the iPhone trademark lawsuit on the table. I dunno.
    "The need is not for, say, half a million ¼-inch drill bits. The need is that there are ten million ¼-inch holes that need to be drilled." - Robert Noyce
    www.nickforge.com

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Melbourne / Singapore
    Posts
    482

    Default

    I read that Cisco wanted to use the trademark because of how much press the Apple iPhone was/is getting, therefore also giving press to Cisco's iPhone. I'm pretty sure it was on MacRumors somewhere.

  4. #4

    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    4,895

    Default

    That doesn't make any sense - the cisco iPhone is a very small fish in terms of these two companies. They would have been bargaining at a much higher level.... unless Cisco actually have no legal rights in this situation, and they really are just grabbing some cheap PR. Cisco have owned the TM for ages though, so I would assume that they DO have legal rights - in which case we're back at the "bigger fish" theory.
    "The need is not for, say, half a million ¼-inch drill bits. The need is that there are ten million ¼-inch holes that need to be drilled." - Robert Noyce
    www.nickforge.com

  5. #5

    Default

    Cisco failed to use or defend their trademark for years. They "Lost" it under the terms of the trademark office. They had no chips to play with.

    Apple just can't be bothered with a court case.

    Apple will not pay a settlement fee to someone who no longer has legitimate claim to the name.

    Cisco don't want a huge embarrassment. So BS press release was drafted. Apple gets their phone, Cisco get NOTHING (cos the press release was face saving BS) and no one has to pay money to the courts or each other.

    Nice, simple. Tidy. Oh and fast.

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Canberra
    Posts
    2,082

    Default

    Without lawyers, the issue would have been managed like this:

    At a restaurant:
    Person A: Hi, may I take this chair please.
    Person B: Sure, go ahead.
    Person A: Thanks.

  7. #7

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by icant View Post
    Without lawyers, the issue would have been managed like this:

    At a restaurant:
    Person A: Hi, may I take this chair please.
    Person B: Sure, go ahead.
    Person A: Thanks.

    In the Western movies it would have gone like this:

    Outlaw A: Howdee pardner, can I take this chair.
    Outlaw B: Sure, go ahead pardner
    Outlaw A breaks chair over the head of Outlaw C. Bar fight breaks out.

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Rhodes, NSW
    Posts
    6,236

    Default

    In a daytime soap it would have gone like this:

    Person A: Hi, may I take this chair please?
    Person B: Yes, but you should know that that chair (dramatic pause) is your long-lost brother!
    Person A: Gasp!
    Persons A and B engage in torrid sex, while Person C watches from the closet. We will later discover Person C once witnessed Person B run over a homeless man while driving drunk. Much later, we will discover that not only is the homeless man still alive, he is Person A's (and therefore, the chair's) father. Also, he's evil.

    Wow, this got really OT. Back to the iPhone discussion.

  9. #9

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by tcn33 View Post
    In a daytime soap it would have gone like this:

    Person A: Hi, may I take this chair please?
    Person B: Yes, but you should know that that chair (dramatic pause) is your long-lost brother!
    Person A: Gasp!
    Persons A and B engage in torrid sex, while Person C watches from the closet. We will later discover Person C once witnessed Person B run over a homeless man while driving drunk. Much later, we will discover that not only is the homeless man still alive, he is Person A's (and therefore, the chair's) father. Also, he's evil.
    God dammit, you ruined 'Home & Away's' storylines for the next six months :P

  10. #10
    Exocet's Avatar Exocet is offline We're gonna need to move you down into storage B.

    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    5,308

    Default

    Is that silly show still running? God bless Foxtel

  11. #11
    macintoshix Guest

    Default Apple calls up iPhone trademark deal with Cisco

    Some people might already have read this article ,

    This is for those whom might be Interested,

    http://www.smh.com.au/news/Technolog...733953298.html

    And for shareholders in apple

    http://www.appleinsider.com/article.php?id=2516

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •