Cisco Systems Inc. sued Apple Inc. over the use of the iPhone name, setting up a trademark battle a day after Apple Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs introduced the new mobile device.
Cisco claims it owns the iPhone name for telephone service, and said today in the complaint filed in San Francisco federal court that the Apple product "will share an identical sight and sound and strong similarity of meaning." Apple called the suit "silly" and said it was confident it would prevail.
An article in the Boise State Arbiter noted:
...the iPhone is their [Apple's] flagship product.
With streaming web, full e-mail and text messaging capability, access to stock tickers, sports scores and games on the video iPod side, weather, maps and GPS navigation, this is going to be the ultimate portable digital device.
It’s also a phone with state-of-the-art voice-activation software, with the ablility to to consolidate all of your phone and internet contacts into one manageable folder.
The phone will also sport a 2-megapixel camera and Mac OS X will power this amazing bundle.