Apple Sued for Trademark Infringement Over iBooks Usage

In a recent legal challenge, Apple Inc. finds itself embroiled in a trademark dispute necessitating the defense of its iBooks trademark.

The lawsuit has been initiated by New York-based publisher John T. Colby, who acquired the assets of Byron Preiss Visual Productions and Ibooks, Inc during a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy sale in 2006 following the sudden death of founder Byron Preiss in an automobile accident.

Since its inception in September 1999, Ibooks, Inc has marketed over a thousand titles under the Ibooks brand.

Colby contends that Apple’s adoption of the iBooks name has significantly devalued his Ibooks and Ipicturebooks trademarks. He further notes that while Apple holds the trademark for ibook and previously marketed iBook laptops, the company did not venture into the book market under this brand until the launch of the iPad in early 2010.

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