iBooks Lawsuit: Apple Sued For Using The Term “iBooks”

By on Jun 17, 2011 in Business, Technology, United States, World Comments
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New York publisher John T. Colby sued Apple Inc. in federal court on June 15, 2011 for trademark infringement over its usage of the term “iBooks,” several international news sites reported on Wednesday.

According to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Colby acquired in 2006 and 2007 the assets of different entities owned by Byron Preiss, a New York publisher who had published more than 1,000 paperback and hardcover books with the “ibooks” name which started in September 1999.

The “ibooks” imprint was named “America’s fastest growing small publisher” by Publishers Weekly in 2004, according to the company’s website as reported by Apple Insider.

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,” the lawsuit said as reported by several news sites.

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