The lawsuits are flying at Apple as of late. Now publisher John T. Colby has filed a suit against Apple for the use of the iBooks name. The suit indicates that Colby purchased assets of various entities in 2006 and 2007 from Byron Preiss, a New York Publisher.
Preiss had published over 1,000 books under the iBooks name which dated back to September of 1999. According to the lawsuit, Apple only has a trademark on the term iBook and not iBooks in which they used the trademark on their line of iBooks back in 2001 which is now called the MacBook. Apple only started to use the term iBooks when the iPad was released in 2010.
Colby also believes that Apple using the term iBooks will devalue his products that also use that term.
“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,”
This suit sounds awfully similiar to the iCloud lawsuit against Apple which was filed last week. Looks like everyone wants to jump onto the “let’s everyone sue Apple” bandwagon. Apple may need to take more care when trademarking and using “i” names in the future. Case info: J.T. Colby & Co. vs. Apple Inc., 11-cv-4060, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.