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Settle iPhone trademark by Apple, Cisco

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Cisco Systems and Apple said Wednesday they have settled the trademark-infringement lawsuit over the use of the iPhone name for Apple's new multimedia phone.

The agreement allows Apple and Cisco to use the iphone brand on their own products. Also, the companies said that they would explore opportunities for interoperability in the areas of security and of consumer and business communications.

The brief announcement made no reference to any financial agreement, nor did it specify how the two companies might work together. Representatives for Apple and Cisco declined to comment further, citing confidentiality restrictions.

Cisco obtained the iPhone trademark in 2000 when it acquired Infogear, a small Redwood City, Calif., start-up that developed consumer devices that allowed people to access the Internet without a PC. Infogear had actually registered the iPhone trademark in March 1996.

Cisco's home networking division, Linksys, has been using the iPhone trademark on a new family of voice over IP phones since early last year, Cisco said. In December, Linksys expanded the iPhone family with additional products.

The two companies had been in extended negotiations to settle the lawsuit, and a second extension of the talks was set to expire Wednesday.
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