Apple Being Sued Over iCloud Trademark by iCloud Communications

Well, it appears there already is an existing iCloud out there–iCloud Communications. They’re not happy over the use of iCloud and in turn are suing Apple, according to TNW.

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.

Essentially the company wants Apple to cease the use of the name iCloud entirely. iCloud Communications specializes in VoIP solutions for small to medium-sized businesses. It’ll be interesting how Apple will respond to this one.

[TNW]

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  • 0mni

    Apple should have done their homework, what a pity …

  • Wipdeedoo2

    I would guess iCloud is going to hit their biggest pay day yet!

  • Wipdeedoo2

    I would guess iCloud is going to hit their biggest pay day yet!

  • vin

    LMAO why didn’t Apple find this company and settle with them over the
    name months ago tho? Heck they could have just bought the company
    outright and have done with it….

  • vin

    LMAO why didn’t Apple find this company and settle with them over the
    name months ago tho? Heck they could have just bought the company
    outright and have done with it….

  • vin

    LMAO why didn’t Apple find this company and settle with them over the
    name months ago tho? Heck they could have just bought the company
    outright and have done with it….

  • Yeah big miss on Apples part, they should of caught this, they are usually so careful with buying out names.

  • Yeah big miss on Apples part, they should of caught this, they are usually so careful with buying out names.

  • Yeah big miss on Apples part, they should of caught this, they are usually so careful with buying out names.

  • JfromK

    Not that Apple can trademark the letter ‘ i ‘ but
    when a company uses “iSomething” they are already demonstrating that
    they have no imagination and are trying to ride the coat tails of Apple.. Apple
    has been using the “iWhatever” naming convention for a lot longer
    than just 2005. I’m no apple fanboy I assure you but in this case I would most
    certainly find in favour of Apple. “iCloud” really doesn’t say
    “Small IT Company that provides VOIP services to other small businesses”
    to me, no more than calling it “Rainbows and Unicorns Communications”
    ..

  • JfromK

    Not that Apple can trademark the letter ‘ i ‘ but
    when a company uses “iSomething” they are already demonstrating that
    they have no imagination and are trying to ride the coat tails of Apple.. Apple
    has been using the “iWhatever” naming convention for a lot longer
    than just 2005. I’m no apple fanboy I assure you but in this case I would most
    certainly find in favour of Apple. “iCloud” really doesn’t say
    “Small IT Company that provides VOIP services to other small businesses”
    to me, no more than calling it “Rainbows and Unicorns Communications”
    ..

  • Anonymous

    Why? They have powerful enough lawyers not to mention they started “i” reveloution.

  • Anonymous

    Why? They have powerful enough lawyers not to mention they started “i” reveloution.

  • Anonymous

    I’m guessing that iCloud will cash in nicely……they just hit the lottery as Apple usually won’t capitulate on something like this and will either buy the name or buy the company outright a la Microsoft/Skype. Future iOS feature I’m guessing and then they won’t need to worry about Skype being compatible with iOS anymore…….plus it would be a “poke in the eye” to Microsoft…….something that Apple relishes.

  • Anonymous

    Regardless of what you think if iCloud own/trademarked the name Apple has no choice but to offer compensation (for damages if iCloud goes that route), offer to purchase the name/company, or abandon the name altogether. Naming a company in an effort “to ride the coat tails of Apple” is irrelevant in a court of law it’s who can prove ownership/copyright/trademark of the name first that will ultimately decide the court’s ruling.

  • Anonymous

    About 12ish years ago I had a program on my pc I used to voice chat with folks with. It was called “iphone”

    What was your point again?

  • Anonymous

    About 12ish years ago I had a program on my pc I used to voice chat with folks with. It was called “iphone”

    What was your point again?

  • Anonymous

    Apple didn’t start the “i” thing. I had a pc program over 12 years ago called “iphone”, short for internet phone.

  • Anonymous

    Apple didn’t start the “i” thing. I had a pc program over 12 years ago called “iphone”, short for internet phone.

  • Anonymous

    Cooool … The iMac is 13 years old though … And even if they by chance did not start it (which they did) they made it popular enough that companies like this one try to ride their success.

  • Anonymous

    Cooool … The iMac is 13 years old though … And even if they by chance did not start it (which they did) they made it popular enough that companies like this one try to ride their success.

  • Men_na

    Jackpotttt,