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Apple And Cisco Make Up After Brief iPhone Fight

Yesterday Apple and Cisco Systems agreed to end their fight over the iPhone trademark. Not only did they settle, but Apple and Cisco said they plan to work together to make sure their respective iPhone products will work together for "consumer and enterprise communication."

Yesterday Apple and Cisco Systems agreed to end their fight over the iPhone trademark. Not only did they settle, but Apple and Cisco said they plan to work together to make sure their respective iPhone products will work together for "consumer and enterprise communication."Six weeks ago Cisco filed suit against Apple in a federal court in San Francisco over Apple's plans to launch a smartphone using the iPhone brand. Cisco claimed that it had legal rights to the iPhone brand dating back to 2000 when it acquired InfoGear, which had used the brand for some of its products.

Speculation is now growing that Apple and Cisco may work together promote Wi-Fi and VoIP use on their respective products. Will the new iPhone also be a revolutionary wireless VoIP phone? And how would the carriers react to such a device?

For now, rest assured Apple fanatics. Your new smartphone will indeed be called iPhone. Now, let's see if Apple can actually deliver the iPhone to market by the scheduled time of release in June.

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