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Trademark Infringement Takes a Bite out of Apple

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The Orlando Sentinel reports that Apple, Inc. has been sued by Cisco Systems, Inc. over the use of the iPhone name, prompting a traddmark infringement battle the day after Apple introduced its new mobile device under the same name.

Cisco filed suit Wednesday, January 10, 2007 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, trying to prevent the iPhone name from being utilized by Apple.

The iPhone trademark has been owned for six years by Cisco and both companies have been negotiating over the rights to the name for the past several years without an agreement being reached.  Less than a month before the suit was filed, Cisco released a cordless internet-based phone under the same name.

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