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Cisco Systems has filed a lawsuit against Apple for infringing its iPhone trademark, the networking company said Wednesday. The suit (click here for PDF) was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Cisco said.
Cisco obtained the iPhone trademark in the year 2000 after it acquired a company called Infogear, which previously owned the mark and sold iPhone products for several years. Infogear's original filing for the trademark dates back to March 20, 1996. Linksys, a division of Cisco, has been shipping a new family of iPhone products since early last year. Last month, Linksys expanded the iPhone family with additional products.
Apple announced Tuesday at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco its new iPhone, an iPod-like cellular phone that works on the Cingular Wireless network.
"Cisco entered into negotiations with Apple in good faith after Apple repeatedly asked permission to use Cisco's iPhone name," Mark Chandler, senior vice president and general counsel at Cisco, said in a statement. "There is no doubt that Apple's new phone is very exciting, but they should not be using our trademark without our permission."
Cisco is seeking injunctive relief to prevent Apple from copying Cisco's iPhone trademark, the company said.