Just to be different, I am going to tell this story in chronological order. Infogear applied for the a trademarking of the name iPhone back in 1995. At that time, I had my father-in-laws old Apple II set up at my house. I could print out Garfield banners, process words…um…all kinds of cool stuff.
Infogear didn’t make anything that was particularly cool (sorry guys) and they ended up being bought by Cisco in 2001. By that time, I was on teh internets with a vengeance. On dial-up, I can’t remember if I knew what I was missing.
I did not have a mobile phone until 2005. I simply didn’t need one until then. I think people should still be asking themselves whether or not they need one. Around this time, Apple was already touting the name iPhone as the most likely name for there revolutionary new cell phone.
Cisco knew that their ownership of the iPhone name was pretty fortuitous, they waited until late 2006 to attach it to some actual products. These were Linksys Voip products. I am not a corporate lawyer, but I am guessing that there may be some sort of use it or lose it precedents.
Many observers the dispute would be all about money. They had to wonder when the two companies, rather than fighting in the media and in court, just kept talking and talking.
The word is out now. There is some kind of agreement that involves interoperability. This is interesting given how steadfastly Apple protects its trade secrets.
iPhones are set to ship soon. The word is they ROCK.