Briefly Noted | Apple iBooks trademark under fire from independent book publisher
Colby is the owner and founder of Brick Tower Press and J. Boylston & Company. According to the lawsuit, between 2006 and 2007, Colby bought the assets of publisher Byron Preiss, which included an entire library of sci-fi and fantasy books published under the “ibooks” imprint. Those books date back as far as 1999.
Apple originally owned the “iBook” trademark for its line of colorful consumer laptops, which eventually morphed into the white unibody MacBook that Apple still sells today. However, the company didnt use the term to refer to e-books until it unveiled the feature for the first iPad in the spring of 2010.
Colby fears that Apples continued use of the trademark will make it impossible to continue the ibooks imprint. “Apple’s use of the mark iBooks to denote the electronic library that can be accessed via its iPad tablet computer and its iPhone is likely to overwhelm the good will of plaintiffs ibooks and ipicturebooks marks and render them virtually worthless,” reads the complaint.