iPhone lawsuit time-out

Apple and Cisco Systems are back at the bargaining table to try to settle differences over the use of the name iPhone.

The networking equipment market leader filed suit against the iPod/Mac maker last month, claiming Apple infringed on Cisco’s iPhone trademark. The suit was filed in federal court in Northern California one day after Apple unveiled its iPhone, a combination cellular phone-music player, at the Macworld conference in San Francisco.

In a joint statement released late Wednesday, the two companies said they had agreed to extend the time Apple has to respond to the suit “to allow for discussions between the companies with the aim of reaching agreement on trademark rights and interoperability.”

Cisco has owned the iPhone trademark since 2000, when it acquired Infogear. The latter company used the name for its line of Internet-based phones, which are now under Cisco’s Linksys division.

Source: ITNews

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