iCloud Sues Apple Over Name
iCloud Communications, a Phoenix-based voice over IP provider, alleges that the name of Apple’s recently announced online storage service copies its name and causes confusion over competing products:
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. iCloud Communications claims “Apple has a long and well-known history of knowingly and willfully treading on the trademark rights of others,” noting that the Cupertino, Calif., company has been sued by The Beatles over use of the Apple name, by Cisco Systems over use of the iPhone name, and by Terrytown over use of “Might Mouse.” The lawsuit, which was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court of Arizona, seeks an injunction against Apple’s use of the iCloud name, as well as an unspecified amount of monetary compensation.