Apple wages a legal fight against Polish online food store A.pl for trademark violations
posted by Daniel P. / Sep 11, 2012, 5:34 AM
The couch potatoes dream company that gets food delivered to your doorstep, is called A.pl, which might be coincidental, or might be a clever marketing trick, considering how hugely popular Apple and its products are in Poland.
Cupertino has filed a request that the trademark for the name A.pl be stopped with the Polish Patent Office, as it says this creates confusion amongst consumers.
The Polish online food store ads don't help either, as they depict the famous bitten Apple logo against their "fresh" produce, which you can see below. The website that is owned by A.PL Internet SA (the full name of the company), is fresh24.pl, so the legal skirmish between the almighty Apple and the foodies might be waged for a good while. In any case, the Poles got their 15 minutes of fame for the matter already.
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WTF!!!? They should start selling rotten apple:-/
posted on Sep 11, 2012, 5:39 AM 15
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"hugely popular Apple and its products are in Poland" I'm from poland. and no, apple producks are not that popular here there was nokia land but now samsung took over apple products are super expensive, many people buy cheap used models from usa BTW in polish courts, never been similar case, and apple have to proove that it is so popular here
posted on Sep 11, 2012, 8:39 AM 10
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The only similarity I see (arguably, and it's a stretch) is the shape of the "stem" on the logo. While the logo itself doesn't conjure images of an evil tech company, I do see a slight similarity there when the correllation is introduced. They should redesign the logo to either incorporate the "stem" attached to the circle, and/or turn it around to face the other direction. That said, apple is nuts; it's a fruit, not an iDevice, it's not trademark-infringing for someone else to use the concept of a tasty fruit as their company symbol (unless their symbol is a ripoff of another's). Reminds me of the European parody where a guy walks into a grocery store and is trying to exchange his blackberry, and the discussion goes to apples and oranges (a European cell carrier).
posted on Sep 11, 2012, 8:49 AM 6
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is Apple going to sue the tree in my yard for growing apples?
posted on Sep 11, 2012, 9:20 AM 10
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When did Apple.....get the spelling changed to A or a.pl? And no one can use an apple as a logo now? And ppl still back this company? Thank god I never got sucked into the Apple madness...knowing me....I would be ashamed to be a fan of their products.
posted on Sep 11, 2012, 5:49 PM 2
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Next they'll sue Fruit Ninja.. because it allows to slice apples. Apple inc has way too much money n free time...
posted on Sep 11, 2012, 5:49 AM 14
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Isaac Newton is lucky he's dead or else he would have been sued already. Maybe Jobs is filing a lawsuit in the afterlife
posted on Sep 11, 2012, 1:52 PM 3
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nine percent of a.pl customers returning the fruit after mistakenly thinking they were buying an iphone...
posted on Sep 11, 2012, 7:09 AM 10
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