Cisco obtained the iPhone trademark in 2000 after acquiring Infogear, which previously owned the name. However, Apple doesn’t seem overly concerned, dismissing Cisco’s claims as “silly” and “tenuous at best”.
According to Apple spokesman Alan Hely: “We think Cisco’s trademark lawsuit is silly. There are already several companies using the name iPhone for Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) products. We are the first company to ever use the iPhone name for a cell phone, and if Cisco wants to challenge us on it we are very confident we will prevail.”
In response, Mark Chandler, Cisco senior vice-president and general counsel, said: “Cisco entered into negotiations with Apple in good faith after Apple repeatedly asked permission to use Cisco’s iPhone name.” Cisco said it would seek to stop Apple from “infringing upon and deliberately copying and using” the trademark.