A trademark lawsuit brought by a small publishing house against Apple over the use of the term “iBooks” has been dismissed in U.S. District court. The suit, filed by J.T. Colby and Co. in June 2011, claimed ownership of the “ibooks” trademark when it purchased the assets of Byron Preiss, a company which had published more than 1,000 hardcover and paperback books under the “ibooks” name starting back in 1999.
The court failed to find a likelihood of confusion. The judge stated: “They have offered no evidence that consumers who use Apple’s iBooks software to download ebooks have come to believe that Apple has also entered the publishing business and is the publisher of all of the downloaded books, despite the fact that each book bears the imprint of its actual publisher.” You can read the full court documents here.