Apple sued over the iCloud trademark

Apple sued over the iCloud trademark
While we might envy their paychecks, we don't envy the workload of Apple's legal team. iCloud Communications, a VoIP company out of Arizona, has filed a trademark infringement suit against Apple for the use of the 'iCloud' name. While we can't speak to merit of the suit, we imagine that Apple has their work cut out for them.

iCloud Communications has (rightfully) claimed that the introduction of Apple's iCloud has undone any branding that iCloud Communications has earned. They explain that this is "due to the worldwide media coverage given to and generated by Apple's announcement of its 'iCloud' services and the ensuing saturation advertising campaign pursued by Apple."

What's more, iCloud Communications is claiming that Apple's iCloud services are similar to their own: "The goods and services with which Apple intends to use the 'iCloud' mark are identical to or closely related to the goods and services that have been offered by iCloud Communications under the iCloud Marks since its formation in 2005."

iCloud Communications is demanding that Apple stop using the 'iCloud' name, and deliver all physical materials containing the 'iCloud' name, so that they can be destroyed. They also demand unspecified damages from Apple's infringement. We're rooting for the little guy. But if history is any indication, iCloud Communications is in for a fruitless uphill battle.

source: TNW via Boy Genius Report

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7 Comments

1. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Ken N. You're article is incomplete, I also read this article earlier today, I believe on Engadget, they came to the same findings as you but later added an update to clarify that Apple actually did register the name "iCloud" with the USPTO.so regardless of icloud communications suit, Apple actually owns the registered trademark for the name iCloud. I wish you would have mentioned this, still hope you do.

2. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Lol. And the fallout continues. Maybe I should trademark every possible name for every possible product or service Apple could offer in the future. Then I'll make my millions.

3. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

But then you'd be just like Nathan Myhrvold and IVL. Even Apple isn't that bad.

6. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I'm sorry, I don't know who they are. :(

7. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Nathan Myhrvold of ivl(interestventures) is one of the biggest patent trolls. Recently he's been "helping" people in China and the rest of Asia get patents. He's been "helping" people get patents which are never used for years for the sole purpose of suing people that infringe upon them.

4. cheetah2k

Posts: 2146; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Apple should know better... Remember what happened with Cisco and their iPhone...

5. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

This is turning out to not be a good week for Apple...

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