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Apple Sued by iCloud Communications for Trademark Infringement

Apple Sued by iCloud Communications for Trademark Infringement

In a swift legal move, iCloud Communications has filed a trademark infringement suit against Apple in the US District Court in Arizona just three days after the announcement of the cloud storage service at WWDC.

According to the filing TNW uncovered:

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 Apple’s 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 appears to be another patent troll at work here. The suit states Apple’s iCloud services “are identical to or closely related to the goods and services that have been offered by iCloud Communications.” Well guess what? No they’re not. According to their website, iCloud Communications offers “affordable, flexible Voice-over-IP solutions.” The last time I checked, Apple’s iCloud is a remote data synchronization and storage facility that has nothing to do with VoIP. Of course Apple has a VoIP solution, but it’s called FaceTime and has nothing to do with iCloud.

Move along folks, I don’t believe iCloud Communications has much of a case.

  1. i’m also pretty sure apple has already brought the name icloud from the new “cloudme”.

  2. Its the recognition of the name that is the issue. If I went up to someone and said “iCloud… what is your opinion?” people are instantly assume i’m talking about Apple. Taking the spotlight from iCloud communications and what they do. It sounds a bit like Apple is the popular rich kid at school, who takes what they want, and doesn’t care who they harm in the process… 

  3. Thedarknightbrazil says:

    Come on! Apple was the one who came out with popular idea of putting “i” in front of stuff, it’s basically their trademark, the “i”Pod came out in 2001 and since then every time someone talks about “i” stuffs we know we r talking about Apple. It seems to me that this iCloud Communication was trying to take advantage of the “i”dea to launch there services which was in 2005 (4 years later) They r the ones who should be sued, still Apple was kind enough of buying the iCloud name from some other company which provided the same service and which was using the name already, they bought fair and square and were doing things right, and now some loser who’s got no customers, is trying to take a load of money out of no case!

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