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.