Apple recently unveilved it’s new cloud based services, called “iCloud.” According to the Apple website, “iCloud stores your music, photos, apps, calendars, documents, and more. And wirelessly pushes them to all your devices – automatically.”
iCloud had already been used by others. And several trademark registrations are owned by other parties featuring “iCloud.” [See Xcerion AB registration for ICLOUD here.] So the name choice appears to be a curious one. Of course, Apple likely has deals with one or more of the prior users of the term. [A filing was made at the USPTO this week to change the attorney on the Xcerion registration to an Apple’s attorney.] Since the announcement last week, Apple has also now filed several new applications with the USPTO for ICLOUD.
Is “iCloud” a good brand name? I think it is too weak. While it is nice for overall branding that the iCloud name is arguably related to iPod, iPhone, iPad and other Apple brands, iCloud could be problematic. The “cloud” is a well known computer term. It is arguably generic of online computer services. Does adding “i” to the front of a generic word make it protectable? Maybe for Apple because of its other i____ brands. But the protection still could be weak.
I like the logo. It is simple but it is clean. And it is an app icon. As I have noted previously, app icons are playing a larger and larger role as trademarks. And Apple has already been at the forefront of protecting its app icons.
Overall, while the logo is nice, I think the iCloud name leaves too little to the imagination. It is arguably generic and could present problems (or at least costs) for Apple to control and/or enforce.