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ZDNet: Apple faces lawsuit over G4 Cube

Jul 31, 2000, 22:03 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Loney, Matthew Broersma)

"Apple Computer Inc., which has launched vigorous legal actions to protect the unique look of its Macs, now faces a possible lawsuit over the Power Mac G4 Cube it launched at this month's Macworld Expo/New York."

"Cobalt Networks Inc., manufacturer of the Qube server appliance, alleged on Friday that Apple had infringed its trademarks. Cobalt's Qube, which was launched in May 1998, is a deep blue, 7-inch-square server for hosting Web applications."

"While Apple's Power Mac G4 Cube -- bluish-white and eight inches square -- is intended for desktop applications, the argument is over similarities in size, shape and name."

"Cobalt fires shot Cobalt CEO Stephen DeWitt told the company's partner conference in Amsterdam Friday that he is considering legal action. "We will not sit idly by," he said. "They are trying to exert their marketing pressure and will pay for it."

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