Cisco sues Apple over iPhone trademark: I think Cisco has a pretty strong claim here.
The iPhone name was first trademarked in 1996 by InfoGear, a maker of Internet appliances. Cisco acquired InfoGear, and the trademark, in 2000.
Cisco sells iPhones designed to place calls over an Internet connection, not a cellphone network, so they do not compete directly with Apple’s iPhone. Cisco launched new iPhones in December.
Apple can’t say they didn’t know.
Apple has made inquiries about the iPhone name for several years, says Cisco general counsel Mark Chandler. Talks picked up in recent weeks and seemed to be going well, Chandler said Wednesday. But Apple stopped communicating with Cisco at about 9 p.m. PT Monday, he said.