After announcing its iCloud service last week at WWDC, Apple was slapped with a lawsuit from Arizona-based iCloud Communications. Apple bought iCloud.com from Xcerion and has 11 applications registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Apple also owns the existing U.S. trademark formerly registered to Xcerion. However, that may not be enough.
“If iCloud Communications’ claims are accurate — that it’s used the mark since 2005, and used it widely — Brad Salai, a partner with Harter Secrest & Emery, said Apple would likely settle the dispute out of court. “It’s speculative, but if what iCloud Communications alleges is true, then Apple will be forced to settle,” Salai said.”