Lawsuit filed against Apple for use of iCloud name, registered to a VoIP company
iCloud communications, an Arizona company has sued Apple over its use of the “iCloud” name, which belonged to them. The company provides VoIP services and they say that this infringment will cause confusion with clients. As per their statement:
“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 Communication’s lawsuit seeks an injunction against Apple’s use of the iCloud name, as well as unspecified monetary compensation.This will be shocker for Apple, as they had just spent 4.5 million US dollars to buy the iCloud.com domain from Sweden-based Xcerion, 1 week before their unveiling. Now they may have to change the name altogether. For now Apple has no commented back on the case and their reply is awaited.