Chandler might be right, but he's probably pretty close to having to resort to his second hand for counting lawsuits. And when Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) does sue, it makes a splash. Remember when the company lawyered up vs. Apple seven years ago over the name of a forgettable little device dubbed iPhone?
Cisco sought an injunction against Apple using the name iPhone, which it said was a registered trademark of Cisco acquisition Linksys. The home networking business had obtained the iPhone name after it bought a company called Infogear in 2000 and Cisco used the name for its dual-mode cordless VoIP network phones.
Cisco and Apple had been in negotiations for 2 years over the issue but had not signed a licensing agreement before Macworld. Apple had argued that no one was going to confuse the two iPhones (just as no one, years later, would confuse Cisco's doomed Cius tablet computer for the iPad).
At the time, Cisco's Chandler said:
"Cisco entered into negotiations with Apple in good faith after Apple repeatedly asked permission to use Cisco's iPhone name.
"Today's iPhone is not tomorrow's iPhone. The potential for convergence of the home phone, cell phone, work phone and PC is limitless, which is why it is so important for us to protect our brand."