It seems that Cisco and Apple have put the iPhone name dispute behind them. In an article in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required):
“Under their agreement, Cisco, of San Jose, Calif., and Apple, of Cupertino, Calif., are free to use the iPhone trademark on their respective products throughout the world. Cisco will drop a lawsuit it filed against Apple in federal court in San Francisco, accusing Apple of infringing on a Cisco trademark with a forthcoming cellphone called the iPhone, due out in June.
Okay. We’re all smarter than this. Where is it? This had to come at a price.
“In a joint statement, Apple and Cisco said they will explore opportunities for making their products work better together “in the areas of security, and consumer and enterprise communications.” The companies said other terms of the settlement are confidential, declining to comment further.”
Voila! There it is.
“…will explore opportunities for making their products work better together ‘in the areas of security, and consumer and enterprise communications.'”
Let’s try and remember this when we hear of or read the announcement of some sort of Apple-Cisco partnership in the future. Actually, as a Mac user who initially had problems with my Linksys (Linksys is a division of Cisco Systems Inc.) router, I see this as a good thing. Hopefully, future cooperation between the two companies will mean others avoiding the headaches I had to endure. And that’s only the beginning of possibilities for these two companies.
Anyway, time for me to go earn a living!