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Cisco General Counsel on the ‘iPhone’ Trademark Suit

Mark Chandler, Cisco Senior Vice President and General Counsel:

Despite being very close to an agreement, we had no substantive communication from Apple after 8pm Monday, including after their launch, when we made clear we expected closure. What were the issues at the table that kept us from an agreement? Was it money? No. Was it a royalty on every Apple phone? No. Was it an exchange for Cisco products or services? No.

Sort of sounds like what Cisco wanted was a legal arrangement with Apple to be “cool like you guys are”.

Thursday, 11 January 2007