Bitten fruit and right-leaning leaf do not an Apple logo make (results)

Bitten fruit and right-leaning leaf do not an Apple logo make (results)
Apple's lawyers in Germany may be overly active in order to earn their retainer, it seems. Back in 2011, they sued a coffee shop in Bonn for allegedly ripping off Apple's logo, and last week they went after the Rheinische Apfelroute, or the path of the apples along the river Rhein. It's - a 70 miles long bicycle road going through the Rhein-Sieg-Kreis left bank of the river which is planned for an official opening on May 18 by the Rhein-Voreifel tourist association

According to the appeal memo, the Apfelroute picture resembles the Apple sign because the fruit seems bitten off on one side, and the leaf, albeit green and the logo heavily stylized, is exactly where it is placed on the famous Apple logo. We asked you yesterday if you see the same similarities, and the overwhelming majority of our respondents think that it is not nearly close enough to warrant a legal action. The local German papers seem to be amused by the incident, too, and nobody seems rushing to redesign all the brochures and bike stands along the Apfelroute, too

Do you think that the Apfelroute bike path logo resembles Apple's too closely?

Yes
2.7%
No
97.3%


When accounting for all the branches stemming from it, it is actually twice the original length and one very impressive network going through the communities Alfter , Bornheim , Meckenheim , Rheinbach , Swisttal and Wachtberg. The main attraction is a scenic landscape, brought along by the vegetable gardens and orchard trees along the way, hence the Apfelroute name. 

Apple from Cupertino, however, has raised its objections with the European Regional Development Fund\s project that pays for the majority of planning, development and, yes, the design of the bike path logo, on the premise that it resembles Apple's signage too closely.

Despite that the logo has already been approved by the German Patent and Trademark Office (GPTO) and is currently in use along the bike path, the lawyers representing Apple have objected the GPTO grant, and sent a cease-and-desist letter to the to Rhine-Voreifel Tourism organization to stop using it.

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12 Comments

1. Phonehex

Posts: 767; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Who ever thinks it resembles the "Apple" logo needs to get their liver checked.

8. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

They need to get their brain checked while at it.

2. aegislash

Posts: 1517; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Lmao, we all know which select few chose the ‘yes’ option.

3. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

This logo is totally different from apples logo. Apple is getting blinded day by day. Apple is forcibly trying to nitpick the resemblance.

5. Valdomero

Posts: 697; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

They were getting sued north to south, I think they want to sue someone to make up the balance xD. Btw I'd like to go to that Apfelroute, looks like a lovely and peaceful tour. That Apfelroute logo is nothing near the Apple Logo.

4. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

Does this mean Tim Cook is frequenting PA?

6. D34ever

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 14, 2018

Poor, Apple. They are trying hard to hang on to their former glory. They should be focusing on improving iPhone sales instead of doing stupid things like this.

7. yalokiy

Posts: 1051; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

They create more reasons for people not to buy their products.

9. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Timmy boy needs new glasses. Phone sales are down so they resort to stupid law suits. That company needs to turn around and sue apple for trying to sue them over something that looks nothing like the apple logo.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

22 people answered yes. That's mind blowing. Think we can guess who they were?

11. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Apple should receive a summary judgment against them. They should be fined for wasting the courts time with such a ridiculous lawsuit. They should also have to pay damages to the tourist organization.

12. vickygamit

Posts: 52; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

In future kid in kindergarten draws an apple, Apple lawyers: wait a minute that's illegal

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