Both iOS and Android users thought that the legal battle between Apple and Amazon for the use of the generic term “app store” was absurd. Apple claims that it had trademark rights to the term, which Amazon has infringed. Now, the Cupertino firm has clearly done what it claims Amazon has stolen from them. iCloud communications is suing Apple for the naming its cloud streaming service “iCloud”.
iCloud Communications is a provider of advanced VOIP services and products. The company based in Arizona is known for services such as SIP Trunking, Hosted PBX, Conferencing, and residential VOIP services. It also offers a number of products such as IP phones and wireless IP phones.
Aside from being a VOIP service provider, the company is also a cloud computing company. It has filed these claims in court. iCloud Communications claims that is has been using the name “iCloud” as well as the logo to market its services as far back as 2005. The company is demanding that Apple destroys all marketing materials for its iCloud service as well as payment for damages. It is also asking the courts to render Apple’s iCloud trademark null and void, which Apple purchased from Xcerion. Apple believes that Xcerion had the only iCloud trademark that was registered.
It looks like that a settlement outside of court is most likely to happen here. We’re almost absolutely sure that Apple does not want this getting blown out of proportion. After all, it has been battling a number of big names in the industry just for the use of terms.
Another reason why we think that Apple is going to settle is the large investment on iCloud. Having four major record labels back the service up is no small deal, and losing it to this fiasco will be a major setback. We’re pretty sure that Apple is going to do everything it can for the iCloud to make it to your iPhone 4, iPad, or iPad 2. Well, for users in the US at least.