- Posted February 18, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Apple faces Setback in Ongoing Legal Battle for Trademark Infringement for “Jang”, “GEO News” and “The News International” apps
U.S Federal Judge Hon’ble Zobel, D.J., of United States Federal Court for District of Massachusetts, has denied Apple’s “Motion to Dismiss” the complaint regarding trademark infringement of the marks “JANG”, “GEO’ and “THE NEWS INTERNATIONAL”, filed against Apple Inc. for offering trademark-infringing iOS applications for a Pakistan based company, Independent Media Corporation (Pvt.) Ltd.
The Cupertino giant is facing a legal suit (No. 1:13-CV-13130-RWZ), filed by a person named Naeem Ahmed, who claims to own the copyright and trademark usage of the terms “JANG” “GEO” and “THE NEWS INTERNATIONAL”, which happen to be the names of the applications being offered by Independent Media Corporation (Pvt) Limited, through the Apple’s iTunes Store.
Apple has also faced similar nature of legal battle for trademark infringement when Cartier sued Apple over a couple of applications in the iTunes Store that used its logo without permission in 2009. Cartier later withdrew the suit, after Apple pulled those apps off the iTunes store. The current scenario reminds of the similar nature of legal feud between Apple and Mr. Naeem Ahmed.
The contents of the Complaint suggest that Independent Media Corporation (Pvt.) Ltd. has been illegally using Mr. Ahmed’s established marks such as “JANG” “GEO” and “THE NEWS INTERNATIONAL”, in USA. It is yet to be seen that whether this legal discord would last for Apple or it would be settled by removing the infringing application from its iTunes store in a similar manner.
The party to the case, Independent Media Corporation (Pvt) Limited is owned by a media mogul in Pakistan, Mir Shakeel ur Rahman, who has recently faced the music in Pakistani national media with his history of financial misrepresentation, tax evasion and extortion. Such is the level of his notoriousness in his country that there happens to be an entire tell-all book published named “Khara Sach” (Absolute Truth) revealing his misdeeds.
The Apple’s spokesperson has yet to comment on Apple’s stance on this issue.