iCloud Communications Files Suit Against Apple Over 'iCloud' Name


As reported by The Next Web, a company by the name of iCloud Communications has filed suit against Apple, alleging infringement over the company's new iCloud service. Apple of course acquired the iCloud.com domain name from Swedish company Xcerion and undoubtedly assisted that company in rebranding its cloud-based services as CloudMe, but Apple apparently did not engage iCloud Communications in any sort of discussions surrounding the name.

Specifically, iCloud Communications is claiming that Apple's heavy promotion of the iCloud product is damaging to its business and has all but removed the branding of the name from itself and placed it onto Apple.

To make matters somewhat worse, there's some accusation that Apple's services are nearly identical to the ones being offered by iCloud Communciations.

The suit seeks an injunction barring Apple from using the iCloud name, destruction of all promotional materials and other items bearing reference to Apple's iCloud service, and monetary damages including forfeiture of profits obtained using the iCloud name.

Unlike Xcerion, iCloud Communications does not appear to hold any registered U.S. trademarks related to the iCloud name. Trademarks are not, however, required to be registered, although registration conveys substantial benefits toward protecting those marks.

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120 months ago
1) Establish company with name iSomeProductYouExpectAppleToRelease.
2) Wait until iSomeProductYouExpectAppleToRelease launches.
3) ???
4) Profit
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120 months ago
All these companies who, since the success of the iMac, have been putting "i" infront of their names and products are so annoying. Blatant attention grab.
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120 months ago
Motion to dismiss.

iCloud Communications had ample time to work with CloudMe the former owners of the iCloud domain to prevent confusion.

It doesn't sound like they made a move until a deep pockets company moved in.

This will be interesting.
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120 months ago
Come at me bro
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120 months ago


iCloud Communications had ample time to work with CloudMe the former owners of the iCloud domain to prevent confusion.


Very salient point.
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120 months ago
Apple don't want Amazon have AppStore name because it damaging their reputation. Now iCloud Communication don't want Apple to use iCloud because it damage their businness.

iCloud Communication, don't you know that Apple owns the 'i'? :eek:
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