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Apple Sued Over “iBooks” Trademark Infringement

Just few days ago, Apple was sued over iCloud trademark. Now they are being sued over iBooks mark. Publisher John T. Colby filed a lawsuit in the District Court in Manhattan (NY) who is the founder and publisher of Brick Tower Press and J. Boylston & Company, Publishers. According to Colby, he purchased the trademark “ibooks” in 2006, 2007 fro New York publisher Byron Preiss.

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The lawsuit reads:


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“Apple’s use of the mark ‘iBooks’ to denote the electronic library that can be accessed via its iPad tablet computer and its iPhone is likely to overwhelm the good will of plaintiffs’ ‘ibooks’ and ‘ipicturebooks’ marks and render them virtually worthless,”.

However, a quick research of the US Patent didn’t find Colby trademarks but Apple’s three. The trademark iBooks was previously purchased by Family Systems Limited Company in 1996 which they later transferred to Apple.

The trademark in question is the latest 2010 “iBooks” which covers goods and services related to iBookstore. iBookStore was introduced in Jan 2010. According to the latest results, Apple claims that 130 million books have been download from iBookStore.

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