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Apple sued over the use of "iBooks" name

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It looks like it is back to court for Apple as the tech firm is being sued in U.S. District Court in Manhattan over its use of the "iBooks" name. New York publisher John T. Colby is claiming trademark infringement in the suit. The publisher says that it had purchased the rights to the "iBooks" title from Byron Preiss, a New York publisher than printed 1,000 titles under the "ibooks" name since September 1999.

Apple does have a valid trademark for the term "IBOOK" relating to computers, and the company once sold a computer called the "iBook". But as the lawsuit points out, Apple never used the term for electronic books until the Apple iPad was launched in April 2010. The suit says that Apple's use of the term on the Apple iPhone and iPad will "overwhelm the good will of plaintiffs’ ‘ibooks’ and ‘ipicturebooks’ marks and render them virtually worthless."

source: Bloomberg via BGR

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posted on 16 Jun 2011, 12:59 3

1. steven252000 (Posts: 64; Member since: 10 Feb 2010)


Hmmm.....I have an idea. Why don't we just all sue each other. Seems to be the thing to do these days.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 13:03 3

2. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4003; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


@steven252000,

You know what, I am going to sue you. Please be on the lookout for your court papers. lol

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 20:44 5

17. cheetah2k (Posts: 808; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


If there's one company comitting more trade mark infringements than anyone else its Apple.

Either they're just ignorant, or their legal department needs to find another day job.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 13:06 3

3. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


Reading about all these law suits really makes one wish they went to Law School like their parents dreamed of. You're bound to make money these days.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 13:41 6

4. Idea (unregistered)


You know, I bet if you invest in a small copyright name of iAnything you'd be able to have apple paying you big bucks for that name...

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 14:15 1

7. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 384; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


No... Apple always wins though. Haha

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 15:19 4

9. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)


im going to patent the iBrick

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 20:45 2

18. cheetah2k (Posts: 808; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


You can't patent a name. Its a trademark.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 13:59 3

5. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2969; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Haha apple getting a taste of their own medicine. Tho this whole sue everyone crap is getting out of hand.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 14:09 2

6. rip 2pac (unregistered)


@1 that was my idea, I'm suing you

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 14:59 2

8. gregoryyy3 (Posts: 138; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


apple always names things with an "i" before it. I hope apple wins

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 18:51

15. box (unregistered)


other companies had "i" at the beginning of the product name before crapple did.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 15:54 4

10. psyc (unregistered)


I wonder if Apple will name their legal department iSue

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 16:25

11. funlobingguy (Posts: 7; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)


So, Let us see what will happen if some company is out there to eliminate hunger. They will name their product iHunger.....Apple may then create iHunger in its apps or product. So now if these two fight and waste gazixillion of dollars for attorney fees and court work, then at the end, will hunger vanish or hunger increase in leaps and bound.....:)
defeats whole purpose of app or product if you fight thus..
Same here if prices of iBook increase because of unexpected court attorney fees incurred during creation of iBook, then who is to blame?

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 16:38

12. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


people need money -_-

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 17:18

13. jroc74 (Posts: 4722; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


May the best lawyers win...

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 18:46

14. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


ima name something Ifail so in the future when apple changes its products name i will sue them :)

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 20:16

16. Awesome1 (unregistered)


Seems like suing is the best way to make money these days isn't?

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 23:14

19. Cinnamon (Posts: 87; Member since: 16 Jun 2011)


lol, Apple did it again... :D

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 10:51

20. nasa263 (unregistered)


GO APPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING THE LAW SUITE ARE STRANGE

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