updated 03:35 pm EST, Tue January 16, 2007
Cisco Rebutts on iPhone
Cisco rejects the notion that the company may have lost control of the iPhone trademark, the company's general counsel John Earnhardt said today in his official blog. The executive said he has followed recent news in the blogging community and flatly dismisses allegations that the company had let its rights to the iPhone name slip, stating bluntly that Cisco had "met all elements" needed to hold on to the name Apple is now sharing with its cellphone.
"We've been pretty direct about the fact that we've been shipping the iPhone since last spring," Earnhardt said.
The claim directly contradicted new evidence that surfaced over the weekend, which suggested that Cisco hastily applied the iPhone name to a sticker in a single photo while the associated, real-world product carried only its Linksys branding. ZDNet columnist Ed Burnette, who first uncovered the glaring flaw in Cisco's claims, has also reiterated his position with new legal evidence, pointing to a now-defunct iPhone support page which showed that Cisco had let the iPhone name go unused on its website since the buyout of original trademark holder InfoGear in 2000.