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Apple Sues Australian Grocery Store Over Logo

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 80 comments

Clearly Apple is the only company allowed to use apples in its logo.

Australian supermarket Woolworths changed its logo last year. While it's technically the letter 'w' Apple seems to think the fact that Woolworths made its new look like a peeling apple warrants legal action.

According to AppleInsider, Woolworths has applied for a blanket trademark for the logo and while the green 'w' does seem more food orientated, the company's application also extend electrical goods and technology. "While we can't rule [computers, musical players, or other devices] out, we haven't got any plans at the moment," said a Woolworths spokesman, according to AI.

Apple is making its case to IP Australia. WSJ reports that under IP Australia rules, a company can challenge the validity of another company's logo if it can successfully argue that it may cause confusion in the minds of customers.

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    Platypus , October 5, 2009 6:44 PM
    Maybe Apple should change their name/logo entirely since they don't actually sell any fruit. Grocery store customers might get confused. >< /sarcasm.
  • 47 Hide
    joshthor , October 5, 2009 6:41 PM
    boo @ apple. lame move. doesnt even look like thier logo.
  • 42 Hide
    Tedders , October 5, 2009 6:41 PM
    WTF. This is just stupid...
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  • 47 Hide
    joshthor , October 5, 2009 6:41 PM
    boo @ apple. lame move. doesnt even look like thier logo.
  • 42 Hide
    Tedders , October 5, 2009 6:41 PM
    WTF. This is just stupid...
  • 29 Hide
    fortmccubble , October 5, 2009 6:43 PM
    Seriously Apple? That looks more like a tightened Wegman's logo than anything related to that evil company.
  • 49 Hide
    Platypus , October 5, 2009 6:44 PM
    Maybe Apple should change their name/logo entirely since they don't actually sell any fruit. Grocery store customers might get confused. >< /sarcasm.
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    BallistaMan , October 5, 2009 6:45 PM
    Oh let them keep the logo. They aren't that similar.
  • 34 Hide
    doomtomb , October 5, 2009 6:45 PM
    @ Apple: What an asshole, that logo for the grocery store doesn't even look close to what Apple uses for their logo. Apple = money grubbing whores.
  • 20 Hide
    Jazzmain , October 5, 2009 6:45 PM
    Apple is really grasping for straws this year aren't they, their stocks must be flat lining this year.
  • 15 Hide
    Anonymous , October 5, 2009 6:45 PM
    I say thats more of a pumpkin...lol
  • 36 Hide
    Hellbound , October 5, 2009 6:46 PM
    Sad move there Apple...truly pathetic.
  • 19 Hide
    Anonymous , October 5, 2009 6:50 PM
    Clearly Apple cares for it's fanboys
    It knows they are dumb
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    Anonymous , October 5, 2009 6:55 PM
    clearly apple cares for it's fanboys-they know they are dumb
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    ssddx , October 5, 2009 6:58 PM
    Looks more like a swirl to me... The apple logo is an apple with a bite taken out of it. I would hardly call the two logos similar enough for a lawsuit.

    Apple: In this economy i'd try to keep/gain customers instead of chasing them away with your bad business practices. This is just sad.
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    the_one111 , October 5, 2009 6:59 PM
    WOW.

    First a college and now a grocery store??!?! Apple needs to die, slowly and painfully.

    This is like the last damn straw. This officially makes Apple scum.
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    chaohsiangchen , October 5, 2009 7:01 PM
    Next thing you know is that Apple is suing Apple farmers for violating their trademark rights.
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    stradric , October 5, 2009 7:02 PM
    Apple doesn't give humanity much credit, do they? Some people probably couldn't tell you the address of the White House or who wrote the Declaration of Independence, but I'm sure they could identify the Apple logo in a group of logos even if the Woolworths logo was in the group.

    What about the Apple Records logo? It's a freakin Apple! Oh, Apple already lost that battle. Ha! Good luck with this one, jerks.
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    njkid3 , October 5, 2009 7:04 PM
    apple is so utterly pathetic. they are just bunch of spoiled little brats.
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    tomasf , October 5, 2009 7:04 PM
    so what about the label "Apple" owened by the beattles? showldn´t apple computers stop selling music? don´t star crying about some one elses uses an apple in their logo.
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    balister , October 5, 2009 7:05 PM
    doomtomb@ Apple: What an asshole, that logo for the grocery store doesn't even look close to what Apple uses for their logo. Apple = money grubbing whores.


    Just now realizing this? All it takes it looking at Apple's track record since the mid 80s to realize that they've always been like this. Why do you think Microsoft has a monopoly like it has today? It wasn't because their product was better, it was because they allowed for free development unlike Apple that wanted everyone that developed for the Mac to pay an upfront fee and give Apple royalties.
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    surfer1337dude , October 5, 2009 7:06 PM
    I dont see how it has anything to do with Apple, I could see it having something to do with apples....but its a grocery store...does Appl really think they own the right to have an apple in everything????
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