Another “i”, Another Dispute. Apple Sued by Publisher over iBooks Trademark

It’s just another trademark dispute Apple faces. This time it is publisher John T. Colby who filed a case against Apple for the use of the name “iBooks”.

The suit was filed by J.T. Colby and Co. in U.S. Southern District Court for New York. It indicates that Colby purchased assets of various entities in 2006 and 2007 from Byron Preiss, a New York Publisher who had published more than 1,000 books under the “ibooks” brand starting in 1999. The “ibooks” imprint was named “America’s fastest growing small publisher” by Publishers Weekly in 2004.

Colby believes that Apple using the name iBooks will devalue his products that use the same term. He claims that the use of the term infringes on his ability to use the ‘ibooks’ and ‘ipicturebook’ trademarks.

Apple’s use of the mark ‘iBooks’ to denote the electronic library that can be accessed via its iPad tablet computer and its iPhone is likely to overwhelm the good will of plaintiffs’ ‘ibooks’ and ‘ipicturebooks’ marks and render them virtually worthless,


United States Patent and Trademark Office (USTPO) search reveals that Apple has a trademark of its own for iBooks (75182820), relating to “computer (hardware and) software used to support and create interactive, user-modifiable electronic booksfrom back in 1996. Apple had launched the first iBook laptop in July 1999 and was replaced by the MacBook in 2006.

This could get tricky. Both parties calim to have a trademark for the same term, “iBooks”. Apple, however, has declined to comment on this.

Last week, Apple was sued over the iCloud trademark by a phoenix-based voice over IP company called iCloud Communications.

Fix iBooks Reinstall Issue in iOS 4.2.1 Jailbreak with PwnageTool 4.2

Apple is smart which is why it has been taking longer and longer to jailbreak the newer versions of iOS. However, the Dev team has been able to find a workaround to jailbreak and unlock. It’s more of a cat and mouse game between these two.

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Since Apple cannot control the jailbreaks and unlocks Apple is taking that war to a new level by restricting access to apps on jailbroken devices. For example, recently they had crippled the iBooks apps for jailbroken devices and users who had jailbroken their iPhone were not able to access the books they had legitimately purchased.

Mind you, jailbreaking and unlocking your device is legal, but Apple can use software to restrict such devices. So what now? Well, Dev Team to the rescue again. The Dev Team, who work for free, just managed to overcome the iBooks issue with PwnageTool 4.2.

The fix was put in place by @comex and @pushfix who managed to fix the issue with the latest jailbreaking tool, allowing users to continue reading book they purchased through the app store.

So if you have been facing an issue with the iBooks software, head over to the Dev Team blog to download the latest PwnageTool 4.2 bundle to jailbreak and unlock your , and and start using iBooks again. These updates will also be made available through the Cydia app, so you can just update the app and start using iBooks app without having to restore and jailbreak your device again.

iOS 4 Update Messing up the iBooks App

The iOS 4 update was released just yesterday and iOS users all over the world downloaded it and are going all gaga over the multitasking capabilities it carries. However, the update has also caused some undesirable changes to data relating to many apps, data which is supposed to be stored on the iPhone storage permanently.


Thomas Baekdal at Baekdal made a post talking about the loss of all books on his iPhone as a result of the update. This happened to the iBook app in particular. Baekdal saw some anomalies with the app starting with it being empty in place of a test book present in the earlier cases. Next, when he tried to get those books back with a download, all the options he got led him to a “buy” option.

Baekdal made a further experiment and tried to sync on his iPad which worked perfectly. The problem seems to be with his iPhone only, even particularly with the iBook app.

That has led him to conclude that this is a problem with the iBook app and it is advised that you switch your reading habits to something more reliable and specialized, something like the Amazon Kindle.

Did any of you have any problems after updating to the iOS 4? I would be glad to hear from you.

Redsn0w Updated to Fix iBooks Issues After iOS 4 Jailbreak

If you have been facing problem after jailbreaking your iPhone running using redsn0w, you might have faced issues with the iBooks application from Apple to read e-Books.


If you are someone who has been facing issues with the iBooks app, the dev team has released a new redsn0w update version 0.9.5b5-4. To fix the issue, download redsn0w 0.9.5b5-4 from here for Mac OS X or Windows and re-run the redsn0w jailbreak for iPhone 3G or iPod Touch 2G.

Please note that you should de-select the option to Install Cydia as it was already installed with the earlier iPhone jailbreak, so you do not have to install it again.