Publisher Sues Apple Over 'iBooks' Trademark

Law360, New York (June 15, 2011, 8:49 PM EDT) -- J.T. Colby & Co. Inc. and two related publishing companies slapped Apple Inc. with a trademark infringement suit on Wednesday in New York, targeting Apple's use of the "iBooks" mark and claiming it misled the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The three plaintiffs — a family of companies owned by New York publisher John T. Colby — and their predecessors have used the common law trademarks "ibooks" and "ipicturebooks" for a wide range of both print and electronic books for years with no objection from the...
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