Apple steps on more toes with the iPhone

By Justin Mann on January 12, 2007, 9:27 AM
The iPhone isn't the only label Apple seems to have snagged from another company. They're now coming under fire for their use of the name Visual Voicemail, which they apparently have lifted from Citrix, one of the biggest companies behind virtual desktops. Visual Voicemail is a product Citrix has been selling for several years, and now is also a program on the iPhone:

Earlier this week, Apple bragged about teaming with Cingular on its Visual Voicemail software that runs on the iPhone. The voicemail application displays caller information and allows users to pick the order in which messages are played back instead of forcing you to hear messages in a sequential order.
Such features won't impress Citrix, which has been selling Visual Voicemail software since it acquired Net6 in 2004.

There's one caveat here Citrix isn't making any comments and it's unknown by Reg if there's even an existing trademark for the name. Of course, even if there isn't, prior use comes in to the question and I'm sure they won't just let this slide. Oh boy.

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9Nails said:
Funny!!Apple's iPhone... Where the name "iPhone" is owned by Cisco. And the "Visual Voicemail" is owned by Citrix. And the exclusive network carrier formally known as Cingular has now been switched to AT&T Wireless...Is there any question that this phone was spoke of before it was ready?
sTharsdan said:
Typical apple. Of course, they can do no wrong. It must be everyone elses fault.
Jesse_hz said:
Cisco is full of bull!
sTharsdan said:
Here are some alternative names Mr Jobs can use: Razor, Chocolate, Blackberry or Palm. LOL!
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