iCloud Communications has filed a lawsuit against Apple. It says the company has used their trademark by naming their new service the iCloud service. The company claimed in the lawsuit that the use of the iCloud name creates confusion over competing products and the company has asked a judge to halt Apple from using the name iCloud for its cloud product. The iCloud by Apple, was unveiled last week by Steve Jobs at WWDC 2011 in San Francisco. The service allows users to store data such as music files for download to multiple devices such as iPhones, iPods, iPads, and personal computers running Mac OS X or Microsoft Windows.
It also replaces MobileMe, acting as a data syncing centre for email, contacts, calendars, bookmark, notes, to-do lists and other data. Apple will also offer an iTunes Match service beginning this fall for $24.99 a year. The service will scan users’ music libraries and make iTunes Store versions of matching songs available in iCloud.
These services offered by Apple are identical to or closely related to the services that have been offered by iCloud Communications under the iCloud Marks since its formation in 2005. Its software and customer data are hosted in a $550,000 data center and communications hub in Phoenix. It has also spent hundreds of thousands promoting its iCloud features. The complaint calls for “all profits, gains and advantages” as well as “all monetary damages sustained,” and will require Apple to cease use of the iCloud name.
Apple has 30 days from the June 10 filing to respond. However, Apple is likely to somehow settle the case with iCloud Communications and use iCloud considering that this same thing has happened several times in the past. Back in 2007, Apple was sued by Cisco for using the name iPhone because it was supposed to be used by them for their VOIP phone. iPad was also sued by Fujitsu that launched their very own “iPad” in 2002. The rights were later handed over to Apple. Apple also acquired the iCloud.com domain from Sweden-based Xcerion, reportedly for $4.5 million.
They would definitely get this one as well no matter how much it is going to cost them.