I speculated on Friday that the news might come from another company with a trademark on the name iPhone, and that’s what happened. The Linksys division of Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO). The company unveiled a line of Voice over IP phones with the name iPhone (pictured below). It’s not news that Cisco is selling products under that name; were they not using the iPhone name, I doubt I’d be writing about it.
The really interesting question here is whether the pending Apple cell phones will be able to use the iPhone name without running into trademark issues.
This morning, Cisco shares were up 18 cents in pre-market trading to $27.74, while Apple was down 2 cents at $87.70.