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Apple Accuses Polish Grocery Store of Trademark Infringement

By - Source: Reuters | B 70 comments

Recent months have seen Apple go head to head with Samsung in an extremely high profile patent infringement battle. Samsung isn't the only company Apple's legal team has targeted. Over the years, Cupertino has filed suits against numerous companies, including Microsoft, Psystar, Amazon, HTC, and Motorola. However, Apple doesn't just fight tech companies. This week it emerged that the company is taking on a Polish grocery store A.pl.

Reuters reports that the Polish patent office confirmed on Tuesday that Apple filed a complaint against the online grocery store. Apple is accusing A.pl of copying its famous logo in an attempt to win customers. Additionally, a patent office spokesman told Reuters Apple believes that the grocery store, with its similar name, is using Apple's reputation.

A.pl chief executive is quoted as saying the accusation is ludicrous. A.pl is currently not using the logo in question, but this isn't the first time Apple has gone after a supermarket. Back in 2009, the company disputed a trademark application in Australia after retailer Woolworths changed its logo to a stylised green "W" in the shape of an apple. Apple stepped in when Woolworths attempted to obtain a blanket trademark for the logo. Apple's problem was that the company's trademark application also extend electrical goods and technology. Woolworths is still using the logo today.

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    xkm1948 , September 12, 2012 11:38 PM
    So when is apple going to make people rename apple the fruit?
  • 41 Hide
    eternalkp , September 12, 2012 11:37 PM
    apple, you're unbelievable
    my iphone4 will be the last apple product i will ever own
    galaxy s3, here i come.
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    jackbling , September 12, 2012 11:51 PM
    This is ridiculous; Im sure a grocery store is cutting into APL's profits. Is apple intentionally trying to change their public image from innovator(lol at that), to browbeater.

    They are vilifying themselves in the eyes of the public.
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  • 41 Hide
    eternalkp , September 12, 2012 11:37 PM
    apple, you're unbelievable
    my iphone4 will be the last apple product i will ever own
    galaxy s3, here i come.
  • 44 Hide
    xkm1948 , September 12, 2012 11:38 PM
    So when is apple going to make people rename apple the fruit?
  • 16 Hide
    warmon6 , September 12, 2012 11:48 PM
    Ding ding, Round 2!

    For those that want to read the other store that apple was going after years back,

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Apple-Woolworths-logo-lawsuit,8784.html
  • 28 Hide
    jackbling , September 12, 2012 11:51 PM
    This is ridiculous; Im sure a grocery store is cutting into APL's profits. Is apple intentionally trying to change their public image from innovator(lol at that), to browbeater.

    They are vilifying themselves in the eyes of the public.
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    bak0n , September 12, 2012 11:54 PM
    Sorta like when Ferrari made the F150 race car and ford said, newp, we have that already. It was stupid then. How much so when they aren't even related products.
  • 25 Hide
    Anonymous , September 12, 2012 11:57 PM
    You guys didn't hear? Apple invented the fruit. Their patents say so!
  • 24 Hide
    tomfreak , September 13, 2012 12:03 AM
    take an Apple, take a bite on it, take a picture, upload into Internet as ur own Avatar. The next day receive a lawyer letter from Apple.

    omgz.... I cant believe this!
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    AidanJC , September 13, 2012 12:05 AM
    bak0nSorta like when Ferrari made the F150 race car and ford said, newp, we have that already. It was stupid then. How much so when they aren't even related products.


    That was a fair call though..

    When most people tell others what car they own, they don't really include the make in the statement.
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    burmese_dude , September 13, 2012 12:07 AM
    F Apple.
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    Camikazi , September 13, 2012 12:11 AM
    bak0nSorta like when Ferrari made the F150 race car and ford said, newp, we have that already. It was stupid then. How much so when they aren't even related products.

    Actually that isn't stupid since both are cars and some people can mistake them when you just say "I have an F150". This is a grocery store against and electronics company they are not in the same industry at all. You can object to similar trademarks if you are in the same industry (making cars) since it is very possible to mistake the 2 but when in different industries (super market vs electronics) similar trademarks are allowed since no one would confuse them. Also only an idiot would confuse those 2 logos, Apple is just being a power abusive a**hole and trying to force everyone to conform to them.
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    shafe88 , September 13, 2012 12:26 AM
    xkm1948So when is apple going to make people rename apple the fruit?

    As soon as the patent office gets done approving the patent for the Apple name.
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    Anonymous , September 13, 2012 12:28 AM
    we should open up an Apple cider company.

    Have an Apple shape followed by cidertwist.

    Sorry, APPLE, but Apples have been around thousands of years before you douches.
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    theLiminator , September 13, 2012 12:35 AM
    Quote:
    Actually that isn't stupid since both are cars and some people can mistake them when you just say "I have an F150". This is a grocery store against and electronics company they are not in the same industry at all. You can object to similar trademarks if you are in the same industry (making cars) since it is very possible to mistake the 2 but when in different industries (super market vs electronics) similar trademarks are allowed since no one would confuse them. Also only an idiot would confuse those 2 logos, Apple is just being a power abusive a**hole and trying to force everyone to conform to them.


    Did you google the pictures of the Ferrari F150? They're in no ways alike, not even to a car enthusiast. If you were talking to someone who owns the Ferrari F150, you would know that they aren't talking about a Ford F150.
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    freggo , September 13, 2012 12:37 AM
    "is using Apple's reputation"

    Hey Apple Inc; nobody in his right mind wishes to have your 'reputation' !

    Underpowered and overpriced merchandise made with foreign labor.

    Apple Inc.
    "Made for America"
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    freggo , September 13, 2012 12:38 AM
    AidanjcThat was a fair call though..When most people tell others what car they own, they don't really include the make in the statement.


    Yeah, Ferrari F-150 owners and Ford F-150 owners tend to party together :-)


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    izajasz , September 13, 2012 12:42 AM
    Rotfl... they go after a grocery store ; o And the logo is nothing as apples.. really this is some kind of joke.
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    BigBodZod , September 13, 2012 12:43 AM
    bak0nSorta like when Ferrari made the F150 race car and ford said, newp, we have that already. It was stupid then. How much so when they aren't even related products.


    Nah not really, both of these companies make automobiles.

    Technically Ford uses the F-150 as the model of their popular Pickup Truck but it's close enough to possibly confuse some folks and dilute the branding that Ford has created over the decades.
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    alextheblue , September 13, 2012 12:51 AM
    bak0nSorta like when Ferrari made the F150 race car and ford said, newp, we have that already. It was stupid then. How much so when they aren't even related products.
    If you're a bit more familiar with trademark laws it makes sense. To be fair Ford and Ferrari (well, Fiat now) are both automakers. So they are in the same industry. Ford builds race cars too, on occasion, and they own the "F-150" trademark. While I'm not siding with Ford, you must realize that if you make no attempt to protect your trademarks, you can lose them.

    http://www.chillingeffects.org/trademark/faq.cgi#QID418

    The Apple thing is a bit more far-fetched because the grocery store does not build electronics. If they sold Blu-ray players, etc under that brand name with that logo, it would be a different story. On the other hand, if they don't attempt to protect their trademarks aggressively (even in cases where it seems silly or they know they will lose), that could cause a problem for them in the future. Even so, I don't side with Apple on this one.
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    livebriand , September 13, 2012 1:15 AM
    Of course, this is the company that even stole their name from another one in the first place. (Apple Records - you know, The Beatles?)
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