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As if There Was Ever a Doubt

Settlement Lets Apple Use ‘iPhone’ – New York Times

On Wednesday, the companies settled their dispute over the iPhone trademark. Six weeks ago, Cisco filed a lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco over Apple’s planned use of the name for its much anticipated multimedia device, which combines the features of a mobile phone, an iPod and a BlackBerry.

Apple/Cisco’s joint press release:

SAN JOSE and CUPERTINO, California—February 21, 2007—Cisco and Apple® today announced that they have resolved their dispute involving the “iPhone” trademark. Under the agreement, both companies are free to use the “iPhone” trademark on their products throughout the world. Both companies acknowledge the trademark ownership rights that have been granted, and each side will dismiss any pending actions regarding the trademark. In addition, Cisco and Apple will explore opportunities for interoperability in the areas of security, and consumer and enterprise communications. Other terms of the agreement are confidential.

TC’s translation: “Jobs told Cisco “here’s a bunch of money, now fuck off, because that name ain’t worth spit without Apple attached. And as far as “interoperability?”… yeah, right. We’ll get back to you… real soon.”

I’m a totally IV-hooked member of the Mothership’s juice squad, and there is scant chance, now that the “Reality Distortion Field” has subsided, that I will ever actually buy that thing as long as it’s locked into a two year Cingular contract. That said, the idea that Cisco’s “iPhone” will ever sell is, and always will be, absolutely retarded if it ain’t carrying the Apple brand.

UPDATE: “The Paris and Nicole of the gadget world.”

Gratuitous Jobs/Gates YouTube Fun….

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