Apple and Cisco are doing battle over use of the term "iphone." The news reports are that Cisco has a trademark registration and that Apple is basically arguing that the term "iphone" CAN`T be registered and function as a trademark because it is "generic." If Apple prevails, though, Apple will not be able to exclude others from also calling their phones an "iphone" since generic terms can be freely used to describe the goods being sold. Should be interesting.
James Lindon, Ph.D. Patent Attorney
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