Cisco Explains iPhone Lawsuit
It wasn't about money, claims lawyers...
As we mentioned briefly last night
, Cisco has sued Apple
for the illegal use of the "iPhone"
name (see the complaint here
). Cisco lawyers explain the decision over at the Cisco blog
"For the last few weeks, we have been in serious discussions with Apple over how the two companies could work together and share the iPhone trademark. We genuinely believed that we were going to be able to reach an agreement and Apple's communications with us suggested they supported that goal. We negotiated in good faith with every intention to reach a reasonable agreement with Apple by which we would share the iPhone brand. So, I was surprised and disappointed when Apple decided to go ahead and announce their new product with our trademarked name without reaching an agreement. It was essentially the equivalent of 'we're too busy.'
The lawyers claim the agreement wasn't hung up on money or royalties, but a desire for "an open approach"
and platform interoperability. Is this the same openness-loving company that has been looking to set up toll booths on the Internet
? For fun, here's a comparison
of Cisco and Apple iPhones.
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intellerSociopaths always win.
of course if Cisco loses
They can just hardwire their routers to send all traffic with Apple MAC addresses to various porn sites.
"WHEN THE LAUGH TRACK STARTS THEN THE FUN STARTS!"