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Apple Accuses Polish Grocery Store of Trademark Infringement

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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  • eternalkp
    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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  • xkm1948
    So when is apple going to make people rename apple the fruit?
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  • halcyon
    Apple is funny sometimes. Sometimes they're just plain stupid too. ...I still like the iPhone5 though. No hating going on here.
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  • warmon6
    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
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  • jackbling
    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
    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.
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  • You guys didn't hear? Apple invented the fruit. Their patents say so!
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  • tomfreak
    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
    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
    F Apple.
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