A U.S. district court judge on Wednesday handed down a summary pro-Apple judgement in a case involving the “iBooks” trademark, denying plaintiff Black Tower Press its request for injunctive relief and corresponding damages.
Black Tower Press’ “ibooks” (left), and Apple’s “iBooks” (right).
In the 71-page ruling, Judge Denise Cote noted the “ibooks” mark owned by Black Tower would not be confused with Apple’s “iBooks” trademark use for the online e-book store, thus negating the publisher’s suit against the Cupertino company, reports GigaOm.
Black Tower first filed suit against Apple in 2011 after the iPad maker announced the introduction of iBooks. The publisher argued that the name infringed on its own “ibooks” moniker which was acquired as part of a 2006 purchase of another publishing house.
As pointed out in the ruling, both Black Tower and the previous owner of “ibooks” failed to ….continue reading here.
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