A lawsuit has been filed in the US District Court in Arizona by a company named iCloud Communications claimed trademark infringements against Apple over the use of the name iCloud. iCloud Communications is an Arizona based VoIP equipment, service provider and cloud computing company that has been offering services, since 5 years.
The goods and services with which Apple intends to use the ‘iCloud’ trademark are identical or closely related to the goods and services that have been offered by iCloud Communications under the iCloud trademark since its formation.
The company claims that heavy promotion of iCloud by Apple is damaging their business and has decreased their brand value. The complain wants Apple to produce all profits, gains and advantages and also all monetary damages sustained. They also want Apple to deliver for destruction all labels, signs, prints, insignia, letterhead, brochures, business cards, invoices and any other written or recorded material or advertisements.
Apple reportedly spent whopping $4.5 million to acquire the iCloud.com domain from Sweden-based Xcerion. Apple won’t let this go out of their hands easily. We will keep you updated, stay tuned.
Good news for Apple, a patent application filed in 2004 has been granted by USPTO for their capacitive multitouch displays.
US Patent #7,663,607 describes a “transparent capacitive sensing medium configured to detect multiple touches” by way of two sandwiched layers of conductive lines hooked up to an appropriate circuit, and also covers a specific type of multitouch display with a similar two-layer capacitive sensor made of glass.
Apple’s touchscreen is still the best touchscreen in the market and now looks like they’re going a level up.