Apple Escapes Trademark Suit Over 'iBooks' Mark

Law360, Los Angeles (May 8, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Wednesday granted judgment to Apple Inc. in a trademark suit brought by J.T. Colby & Co. Inc. and two related publishing companies who targeted Apple's use of the "iBooks" mark, saying their similar "ibooks" mark isn't entitled to trademark protection.

The three plaintiffs — a family of companies owned by New York publisher John T. Colby — and their predecessors said they had 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 tech giant. The plaintiffs filed suit in...

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