Cisco and Apple extend deadline for talks
and Cisco Systems are still trying to work out an agreement
over the use of the name "iPhone".
The companies said late this week that they have agreed to
extend the time for Apple to respond to a lawsuit Cisco
filed against Apple claiming the computer and iPod maker is
using its trademark "iPhone" without permission. They
extended the deadline so they could continue discussions on
an agreement, which Cisco hopes will include
interoperability among the companies' products.
Cisco has owned the iPhone trademark since 2000, and in
December it launched a new line of Linksys-branded voice
over IP phones called "iPhone".
Meanwhile, Apple and Cisco were also involved in intense
negotiations over the iPhone trademark rights until the
night before Apple announced its new iPod/smartphone at
Macworld Expo in early January. Apple left the negotiating
table, and the companies never reached an agreement,
according to Cisco.
Cisco has said that it isn't concerned about collecting
money from Apple for using its "iPhone" name. Instead the
network equipment maker wants to strike an agreement that
will allow the iPhone products from either company to