Apple sued over the use of "iBooks" name

Apple sued over the use of
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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20 Comments

1. steven252000

Posts: 64; Member since: Feb 10, 2010

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

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

@steven252000, You know what, I am going to sue you. Please be on the lookout for your court papers. lol

17. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 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.

3. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 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.

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...

7. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

No... Apple always wins though. Haha

9. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 2010

im going to patent the iBrick

18. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

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

5. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

6. rip 2pac unregistered

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

8. gregoryyy3 unregistered

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

15. box unregistered

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

10. psyc unregistered

I wonder if Apple will name their legal department iSue

11. funlobingguy

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 17, 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?

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

people need money -_-

13. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

May the best lawyers win...

14. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

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

16. Awesome1 unregistered

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

19. Cinnamon

Posts: 87; Member since: Jun 16, 2011

lol, Apple did it again... :D

20. nasa263 unregistered

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

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