Apple Stores are now trademarked

Apple Stores are now trademarked
Apple Stores are easy to recognize - the big glass facade, rectangular solid wood tables, recessed lighting, but Cupertino has failed to patent this design with the U.S. This changes now, after Apple submitted a 122-page document explaining in great detail why the layout of its retail stores is unique.

Previously, Apple’s application was turned down because the designs were not described as “inherently distinctive.”

Interestingly, while Apple couldn’t secure a patent on its retail store design earlier, it did have a patent on the signature glass staircase.

It might seem controversial to patent a store layout, but if there was one store that many tech companies would try to mimic that would definitely be the Apple Store. It’s also quite telling that Microsoft has asked for a time extension on that patent to stand against it.

source: USPTO



1. wendygarett unregistered

Gonna line up at the Apple store tomorrow :) sweet!!!

2. phljcnth

Posts: 563; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Line up? Like herded?

8. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Ask Apple to patent its failure too so that nobody can follow that!

33. bipinm

Posts: 124; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

good one...

28. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010


29. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

or, is that Bahhhhhhhhhhhh!!?

3. FireDragon

Posts: 117; Member since: Nov 13, 2009

What's next? They will pattent it too? Lol.

4. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Next is they will patent the long queues outside store so any store with a queue is a candidate for being sued. AS market share is falling apple is still trying these stupid techniques to win back customers. Pathetic ... good Taj Mahal was not patented.

5. darthinvader

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Wow!!! They could do that.. :P Apple's strategy: Bizarre patents and sue anything which could be "innovative and revolutionary"!!

6. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Man they now say u cant copy our istore glass building. They are the worst patent troll in the industry. Pretty soon they would buy the word trademark.

7. Diego!

Posts: 880; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

This is so pathetic... Hey! Apple, I've got an idea! Why don't you patent Catholic Cross, Islamic Moon or even David's Star? You would get zillions of dollars by suing those religions! #Sarcasm. I hate Apple. Idiots!

11. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

The day they patent Moon they are in for big trouble with a global Fatwah :D

13. Diego!

Posts: 880; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

hahaha that's why I wrote it hahaha :P

24. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

They like rectangles so they will sue anyone with a rectangle phone/table they will ban u. So pathetic of apple. Why use a glass store their attracting all those itheives out there

34. Diego!

Posts: 880; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

I agree, but it's really annoying to read this kind of news. They are desperately wanting to sue everybody in order to get money. Disgusting.

10. Aeires unregistered

The bottom drawing looks really generic, not too much different than some eye glass stores I've been in. At what point can they force a company to rearrange their tables due to a "similarity" with Apple's patent? What city is going to enforce this patent, especially at the risk of losing businesses? And it's a good thing Apple didn't patent the pyramid shape.

14. Diego!

Posts: 880; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

I think the egyptians patented it before Apple. They were light years ahead :P

12. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

The only thing Apple won't patent is the backbone, because they don't have one.

16. Cerberusa2a

Posts: 33; Member since: May 24, 2012

Aaaaaaaand... *Facepalm*

17. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

As d lover of some Apple products, this is totally embarrassing. What is next, the lounge room layout. Cos now many stores will start to trademark their store lay out, anybody opening a store will need to apply for the rights to have a store layout, apple is creating a mess in da industry now.

18. kellkeezy

Posts: 57; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

the only thing i have to say about this, is alot tech store are starting to mimic the look of hardwood floors and table top setups that sony and apple are doing *coughverizoncough* but, I would like to read (cliffnote) what they put a patent out for exactly

19. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Smart move big A.

20. lauremar

Posts: 181; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

I guess they will do anything to have any reasons to litigate and try to make money off of...Now they're going after department stores and its designers... Unbelievable!!! What's next?! A patent for "Genius Bar" or something stupid like that?!!!!! Oh wait....they probably tried already...Really hate the greedy bitten fruit co.!

21. Diego!

Posts: 880; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

I agree with you 100%.

22. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

wtf... that's how my office look like...

31. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

get ready to be sued then.

23. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

My question is why would anyone want to copy an Apple store? Certainly nothing special about it at all. God people use your brains.

25. D_Tech-tive

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Pathetic! Try making money off your products and not lawsuits Apple! They must be real desperate for cash and this is their second for revenue! SMH

26. Joker

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I wonder by the end of the year, what do they have left to patent/trademark?

35. opensourceftw

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 01, 2013

Actual innovation, since they clearly haven't discovered it yet

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