I’d love to be one of Apple’s team of lawyers right now – business is booming between patent and trademark lawsuits. This time a New York-based book publisher is filing a lawsuit against Apple’s for its use of the “iBooks” moniker.
The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan, alleges that Apple has infringed on their trademark with regards to the iBooks application. John T. Colby, the publisher who owns the trademark, says Apple’s use of the term “iBooks” devalues his “ibooks” and “ipicturebooks.”
Colby acquired the name from Preiss in 2006 and 2007. Before that, Apple presumably owned the trademark from their laptop line, before they switch to Intel.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Apple trademark a name that was already in use somewhere else. It happened with iPad and iCloud, to name a few. Do you think this lawsuit is garbage or do you agree with Colby and think Apple’s use of iBooks devalues his use of ibooks? Drop us a line in the comments below, or by sending me a tweet