"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
"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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