Apple Sued Over iCloud Trademark
In a suit filed yesterday in the US District Court in Arizona, a company named iCloud Communications has claimed trademark infringements against Apple over the iCloud name.
iCloud Communications LLC is claiming that Apple's heavy promotion of the iCloud product is damaging its business and has removed the branding of the name and placed it onto Apple. To make matters worse, iClouds Communication's services are nearly identical to the ones offered by Apple.
The goods and services with which Apple intends to use the iCloud mark are identical to or closely related to the goods and services that have been offered by iCloud Communications under the iCloud Marks since its formation in 2005. However, due to the worldwide media coverage given to and generated by Apples announcement of its iCloud services and the ensuing saturation advertising campaign pursued by Apple, the media and the general public have quickly come to associate the mark iCloud with Apple, rather than iCloud Communications.
There is no specific amount of monetary relief set, but the suit does call for all profits, gains and advantages as well as all monetary damages sustained. The suit also asks Apple to refrain from using the iCloud name and to deliver for destruction all labels, signs, prints, insignia, letterhead, brochures, business cards, invoices and any other written or recorded material with the iCloud name.
It will be interesting to see how Apple responds to these allegations.
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