Cisco vs. Apple: Cisco will lose?

Cisco lost rights to iPhone trademark last year, experts say
An investigation into the ongoing trademark dispute between Cisco and Apple over the name “iPhone” appears to show that Cisco does not own the mark as claimed in their recent lawsuit. This is based on publicly available information from the US Patent and Trademark office, as well as public reviews of Cisco products over the past year. The trademark was apparently abandoned in late 2005/early 2006 because Cisco was not using it.
They had six years, and they wasted it. They managed to keep it by using a window of six months where they can still keep it if they pay an extra fee. But if you look at the photo, you’ll see that the “product” they were selling is just one of their VoIP phones with an “iPhone” sticker put onto the shrink wrap.
They also apparently didn’t actually start selling anything with the “iPhone” label until 12/2006, which would be seven years after they first applied for the name:
This information indicates that Cisco did not actively offer a product named “iPhone” between 1999 and December 2006.
What is also interesting is that Apple knew that they had the name and were apparently still negotiating with Cisco until Monday night, literally hours before the iPhone was announced to the public. It would seem that Apple might have known about the fact that Cisco had scrambled to keep the name at the last minute, so they might also know that they can get the USPTO to void Cisco’s registration – freeing up the name for the next company in line to use it, Ocean Telecom Services LLC – a company regarded by many to be a front for Apples attempts to get the iPhone name.
Either way, things should stay interesting for a while.

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