Can apple have "iBooks"

Apple was a definite winner of the last decade with iMac, IPod and IPad. Each one of them creating a revolution in their respective industries, helping Apple foray into the new terrains.  But looks like Apple can't have the trademark rights for  "iBooks".

Bloomberg reports that Apple is being sued by by New York publisher John T. Colby. Colby has rights to the terms "iBooks" and "ipicturebooks". “Apple’s use of the mark ‘iBooks’ to denote the electronic library that can be accessed via its iPad tablet computer,” the lawsuit states, “and its iPhone is likely to overwhelm the good will of plaintiffs’ ‘ibooks’ and ‘ipicturebooks’ marks and render them virtually worthless.”

The interesting fact is that Apple already owns the trademark to the term 'iBook'. But it was used for laptop computers. Apple is looking forward to use the term 'iBooks' for its online book store. It is planning to file for the trademark 'iBooks' quoting that it will be used in a much wider sense of "authoring, downloading, transmitting, receiving, editing, extracting, encoding, decoding, displaying, storing and organizing text, graphics, images, and electronic publications".

So next time a word starting with "i" flashes to your mind, and if you think it can make some vague sense, go register it. Who knows you might turn a millionaire in a day.

iFlash, iSee, iSmell, iWrite, iF*&K ...


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