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Apple wins trademark battle over "iBooks" name

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On Wednesday, Apple won a court battle over the use of the "iBooks" trademark. A company called Black Tower Press had sued Apple in 2011 claiming that it had obtained the name when it purchased another publishing company. The latter had used the "iBooks" imprint for a line of sci-fi and horror novels. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote ruled that consumers would not be confused by the two companies using the same name.

"They have offered no evidence that consumers who use Apple’s iBooks software to download ebooks have come to believe that Apple has also entered the publishing business and is the publisher of all of the downloaded books, despite the fact that each book bears the imprint of its actual publisher."-U.S. District Judge Denise Cote

Additionally, Judge Cote noted that the word "iBooks" was describing books sold over the internet while Black Tower only used the word together with its light bulb illustration. Perhaps the topper was that while Black Tower Press did not register the title, Apple first received a license to use the name in 1999 to use for a multi-color line of computers. In 2010, Apple bought the entire trademark.

Apple's iBooks logo (L) and the one used by BlackTower Press

Apple's iBooks logo (L) and the one used by BlackTower Press


You don't have to be a lawyer or play one on television to want to go through the legal paperwork. Check out the decision below.



source: Scribd via TUAW

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posted on 09 May 2013, 18:56 11

1. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Sad news. :(

posted on 09 May 2013, 19:04 2

3. stealthd (Posts: 955; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


What? This is mundane news at best. I guess any Apple news is bad news to phanboys.

posted on 09 May 2013, 19:09 8

4. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I don't like Apple as a company and I don't see how it makes me a fan of something...

posted on 09 May 2013, 19:16 1

5. roscuthiii (Posts: 1789; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


This is mundane news that really has very little bearing on this site anyhow. Alan's just pandering. We're giving him the attention he so so badly desires.

posted on 09 May 2013, 20:15

7. Whateverman (Posts: 3195; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Yep, I agree. This was the right call, but that same call is rarely made when it Apple doing the suing.

Grocery stores, cafes, and I think they even sue "Granny Smith" was sued by Apple! How heartless can a company be? JK. But it just goes to show, there is bias heavily in the tech giant Apple's favor, that allows them to take what ever they want, except in Brazil. (Nice work Brazil)

posted on 09 May 2013, 21:20

10. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Wow so the PA didnt give u a warning writing this.

I got a warning fir saying that on a nokia wp8 article.

How pathetic and biased sad that moderator was, looks like, to be honest he was a true hardcore fan™®©

posted on 10 May 2013, 08:25

16. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


What I can say, perhaps PhoneArena team loves me. :)

posted on 09 May 2013, 22:36 2

12. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


How is this sad news? This is glorious. Apple's innovation pulled through and won the case.

posted on 10 May 2013, 08:50 1

17. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1352; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Excuse me, but how is this innovation? We're talking about adding a letter before your product name. If that's what you consider innovation, you have a low threshold.

Btw, the judge said adding the "i" before books meant it was sold on the internet. Really? Because how many other cases have you seen that instance? If anything, putting an "e" before something denotes it being done on the internet (ebanking, efinance, esurance, etc.).

posted on 09 May 2013, 19:01 1

2. roscuthiii (Posts: 1789; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


"... consumers would not be confused by the two companies using the same name."
I like the logic there... of course, that would also mean that Apple should never ever have won many of the trademark lawsuits it's filed as Apple products only exist within Apple's own ecosystem. Technically, consumers shouldn't have been confused in those instances either.

posted on 09 May 2013, 19:46 4

6. apple4never (Posts: 944; Member since: 08 May 2013)


eh, its apple who gives a dam ?

posted on 09 May 2013, 21:17 3

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 11063; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Millions not named apple4never

posted on 10 May 2013, 11:00

18. apple4never (Posts: 944; Member since: 08 May 2013)


they're dying for a resaon, less people are starting to care about them, i dropped that bandwagon last year upon release of ip5

posted on 09 May 2013, 21:16 1

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 11063; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


No biggie

posted on 09 May 2013, 21:21

11. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Cant you see, somtime you hipnatise me™

posted on 09 May 2013, 23:20

14. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5399; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


..........

posted on 09 May 2013, 23:23 1

15. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5399; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I can see, sometime poop hypnotizes you.

posted on 09 May 2013, 22:55

13. vincelongman (Posts: 1139; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I think Apple deserves this trademark, but how do they have a patent on ebook showing pages turning

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