Apple, Cisco put iPhone legal battle on hold


— 3:24 PM on February 1, 2007

Cisco was quick to slap Apple with a lawsuit after the iPod maker announced the iPhone, since the device bears the same name as a Skype VoIP phone from Cisco's Linksys division. However, Cisco and Apple are apparently not ready to fight it out just yet. As MacWorld reports, the two companies have issued the following joint statement:

"Apple and Cisco have agreed to extend the time for Apple to respond to the lawsuit to allow for discussions between the companies with the aim of reaching agreement on trademark rights and interoperability."
Cisco's Senior VP and General Counsel Mark Chandler explained earlier this month that Cisco and Apple were in negotiations over the brand name before Apple unveiled its iPhone on January 9. Apple had "repeatedly asked permission" to use the trademark, according to Chandler.
   
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