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Cisco and Apple Agreement on IOS Trademark

“Cisco has agreed to license the iOS trademark to Apple for use as the name of Apple’s operating system for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.  The license is for use of the trademark only and not for any technology.”

Q:  What is IOS at Cisco?

A:  IOS is Cisco’s core operating system used for nearly two decades. It is the world’s leading network infrastructure software, delivering a seamless integration of technology innovation, business-critical services, and hardware platform support.

Currently operating on millions of active systems, ranging from the small home office router to the core systems of the world’s largest service provider networks, Cisco IOS Software is the most widely leveraged network infrastructure software in the world.

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23 Comments.


  1. That was so nice of Cisco :-)

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  2. Why would Cisco agree to this? It will only cause confusion and frustration. I can see it becoming a legitimate issue when someone is trying to troubleshoot a Cisco device and all they can find is crap about the iPhone. At which point, the person will begin to Hulk smash innocent users.

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  3. I was excited to learn about the new iPhone today. So when I saw that they renamed the OS to iOS, I quickly remembered how Apple took the iPhone name from Cisco, and wondered if they asked permission from Cisco on this one.

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  4. As soon as Steve announced the name, I thought we were going to see another trademark dispute all over again. I’m glad to see that Apple decided to talk about it before launch instead of after.

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  5. Does everybody at Cisco now get an iPhone 4? ;-)

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  6. Nice to see such big companies talking to each other.

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  7. Note the new iOS4 will support CIsco SSL VPN client natively. Wonder if that had anything to do with it?

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  8. @Kyle Jones If only you could Google for Cisco IOS”" instead of just “”IOS”"!”

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  9. Now that is really cool i also want that ISO in which i click on screen and everything will be perform automatically :) means no command I wait CISCO NEW ISO like apple :) may be its my dreams but dreams are not badbut its wonderful that cisco and apple work together in CISCO ISO

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  10. But on Cisco’s IOS, they don’t make me pay extra (or jailbreak) just to connect my laptop :)

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  11. well, I suppose Google will now change its Android to youOS to mock Apple … or maybe themOS, which sounds way better :D

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  12. What exactly does this mean for apple and Cisco? I understand the blog post but I think it is a little vague…more details please?

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  13. Glad to see this got talked over properly and didnt lead to a legal battle!

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  14. this must be an honor for cisco!

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  15. It was about time that Apple gave a name to his operating system! And surprisingly they’ve asked Cisco for permission! It’s nice when big companies talk to each other!

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  16. Well with the first dispute, Apple probably had a legitimate claim to the name. This time around, Apple clearly did the right thing and licensed first.

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  17. Ted Trentler: No, no it didn’t. At all.

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  18. I think now that Google will change its Android to something new in order to mock Apple something which sounds new :)

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  19. That’s cool to learn that you were able to license the trademark to Apple. Makes brilliant business sense.

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  20. @TerrinYour comment …Well with the first dispute, Apple probably had a legitimate claim to the name. This time around, Apple clearly did the right thing and licensed first….”"Is wrong. The first iPhone was released in 1998 by InfoGear Technology Cor

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  21. People giving Apple credit for NOT stealing someone’s trademark is like giving Wynona Ryder credit for NOT shoplifting.

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  22. Well, if Apple would stop naming their products after the articles that already exist, then there would have to obtain a license, right? From the IOS has been around for a very long time, and the iPhone was a shipping product, how can you even get sarcastic about it. Oh, wait, I forgot, this is MDN, and anyone who does apple pay for a license is not only fair game.

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  23. Has everyone at Cisco suddenly received an iPhone?

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