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InfoGear Technology Corporation
FoundedMay 1995; 23 years ago (1995-05)
OwnerCisco Systems
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InfoGear Technology Corporation, founded in 1995, was an American technology and services company which developed and marketed an early type of desktop phone which it named iPhone. The company and its trademark of the iPhone name were acquired in 2000 by Cisco Systems. In 2007, Apple Inc. and Cisco reached an agreement allowing Apple to use the iPhone name on its own distinct iPhone products.[1]


InfoGear had offices in California and an R&D center in Israel. InfoGear developed a line of Internet appliances, of which the best known was the Linksys iPhone, an Internet screenphone. The first-generation iPhone shipped in 1997 and the second in 1999. It was ultimately distributed in the United States, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. The iPhone trademark was developed and owned by InfoGear.

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InfoGear Network[edit]

The Info Gear Network provided user-relevant information and services in conjunction with e-commerce, content and service partners.

Company history[edit]

The company’s history can be divided into four distinct phases:

Phase 1 – May 1995 – The original iPhone product concept was developed as part of an internal innovation project at National Semiconductor – code named Project Mercury. Bob Ackerman, a strategy and technology consultant working with National Semiconductors’ Demetris Paraskevopoulos, first discovered the project in National’s labs. Ackerman worked with his colleague Jeff Oscodar and the National team to spin the project out into a start-up company in 1995.[2]

Phase 2 – 1995 - 1996 (Bob Marshall, CEO) - The company worked in partnership with CIDCO systems to introduce the first iPhone (CIDCO iPhone).

Phase 3 – 1997 – 2000 (Ed Cluss, CEO) - The company bought the iPhone II intellectual property from CIDCO and introduced the iPhone to the consumer market. It also explored the "J-Phone" concept, and ported InfoGear Networks to GSM mobile phones (code named Ducati).

Phase 4 - 2000 – Present – InfoGear was acquired by Cisco Systems on March 16, 2000.[3] Cisco operated the InfoGear Network until later shutting it down.


  1. ^ . CNet. February 22, 2007 [Apple, Cisco settle iPhone trademark lawsuit Apple, Cisco settle iPhone trademark lawsuit] Check |url= value (help). Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Ackerman, Robert R. "The iPhone Before the Apple iPhone". Xconomy. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  3. ^ Cisco (March 16, 2000). "Cisco Systems to Acquire InfoGear Technology Corporation". Archived from the original on May 15, 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-28.