Publisher Loses Suit Against Apple Over 'iBooks'

A small New York publisher that uses the label “ibooks” has struck out in its lawsuit against Apple, after a New York court held that the publisher’s mark was not distinct and that consumers would not confuse the two companies’ products. The case began in 2011 after Black Tower Press, a publisher of sci-fi and fantasy titles, filed a trademark suit in response to Apple’s announcement that it would use the word “iBooks” to describe software that allows users to purchase online books.